Friday Facts - The Apocrypha - Book of Judith

Happy Friday!

Today will wrap up this series of posts on the books of the Apocrypha. I know these last few weeks have been a bit of a different type of fact sharing as it isn't on anything in the Bible or Biblical history. However, I think it's always good to learn at least a little bit about these types of things as it better helps us to understand why or why not we believe a certain way.

So, without further adieu, here's some info about the Book of Judith...

For largely doctrinal reasons, this book was removed by Protestants from the Old Testament during the Reformation. The book of Judith is the fictitious account of the deliverance of Israel from a foreign army by Judith. Judith was a devout and beautiful heroine that first beguiled and then beheaded the Assyrian commander Holofernes.

The book of Judith dated to the 2nd century BC and was written by an unknown author. It is the fourth book of the Old Testament Apocrypha and falls into two parts. The first part being the first seven chapters where King Nebuchadnezzar sends his general Holofernes to punish the western nations because they have refused to join in a war against Media. The second part, chapters 8-16, is where the widow Judith volunteers to deliver the Israelites after rebuking them for losing faith in God. After dining with Holofernes, they retire to his tent, he falls asleep in drunkenness and Judith takes his sword and beheads him.

Though King Nebuchadnezzar is very much a real person, it is historically impossible that the Nebuchadnezzar we read of in the Bible is the same Nebuchadnezzar as is written of in the Book of Judith. Nebuchadnezzar died in 562BC and the story of Judith took place sometime around the end of 538BC. There are similar impossiblities with the geographic location of the story, as well.

I think next week we may start looking into various words used in the Bible and their meanings. Have you ever read a scripture (particularly in the King James Version of the Bible) and run across a word that you just didn't know what it meant? If so, this was probably because it just isn't a word that is used much in our culture. I've found some definitions and explainations for some of these words. Come back next week and I'll share some of what I've found.

Have a great weekend!

10 Thoughts Shared:

Beth in NC said...

That is very interesting. And yes, I love to seek out the Hebrew and Greek meaning of words. ;o) I look forward to seeing what you'll share.

Bless you!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

My son & I have been studying ancient history for school. It has been very interesting. I did not know I would enjoy it so much. Thanks for sharing this. It always helps to know why do or do not believe something.

Take care my friend!
I pray you have a blessed & restful weekend!

Laurie Ann said...

Very interesting, as always! Thanks, Melanie! Have a great weekend!

Tracy Berta-daughter to the King, wife, mother, speaker, writer said...

Interesting, Melanie!

I love my Amplified Bible.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such kind encouragement. I am blessed by you, Sister!

Anonymous said...

Melanie, I have so enjoyed this series! I love to learn new things and even though these facts aren't technically "Bible facts" they are related and so useful in their own ways. I really appreciate the way you broke them down into nuggets that I could easily digest!

And the word study would be great!

PS Thanks for the comments yesterday on the bday/TT post. Meant the world to me! :-)

Amy said...

These have been really interesting. Thanks!

Sab said...

That is very interesting! I'm looking forward to the definitions too.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Thank you for your lessons Melanie. I have such a deep desire to learn as much as possible. I can't wait to catch up with the past posts you have written. Am definitely looking forward to nexts weeks lessons. I hope to catch up on reading real soon.
Have a beautiful blessed weekend!

Angela said...

Pretty amazing that you are writing about Judith, when that is exactly where I am reading right now in my Bible. The book of Judith is just before the book Esther,but it falls second not fourth. There is Tobit, Judith, and after Esther follows 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees,It is a beautiful story isn't it? I have found I have highlighted quite a bit. I listened to one Pastor on the radio encouraging non Catholic's to read the Apocrypha. He said it was a 'good read'. I will have to read some more of you blog. May God be gracious to you and bless you and make His face shine upon you.

Alicia said... interesting, Melanie!!! Thank you for sharing so much!!