Catholic Introduction To The Old Testament: The Book of Judith

Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio
Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio

The Book of Judith depicts a time when the Jewish nation was about to be crushed by an enemy army. Judith, the heroine of the story, is a deeply religious widow who observes all the requirements of the Law of Moses. She depends on God to help her complete the dramatic rescue of the nation by killing Holofernes.

Outline of Contents

The Jews are threatened with destruction 1.1 —7.32

Judith saves the nation 8.1—14.19

The Jews are victorious 15.1—16.25


  1. The Book of Judith. (1972). In Catholic (Ed.), May they be one Bible: Good news translation (2013 ed., p. 593). Philippine Bible Society.
  2. Caravaggio. (2005, May 10). Judith Beheading Holofernes [Painting].

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