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14.1–15.7 : Judith directs the men of Bethulia in victory.

5 :

There is a double purpose in calling Achior: to identify the head of Holophernes and to see the defeat of the man who treated Israel with contempt, and thereby to have his witness to the vindication of Israel's God.

10 :

Achior's conversion to Judaism represents a more lenient view than that in Deut. 23.3 .

13 :

These slaves: this is a contemptuous reference to Israel's condition in Egypt.

15.4 :

Ozias: a variant spelling of Uzziah. See 7.23 . Bethomesthaim, Choba, and Chola have not been identified. See 4.4–6 .

15.8–13 : The heroism of Judith is extolled.

10 :

Your own hand: see 8.33 n.

12–13 :

The festive expressions described here are in keeping with Greek, not Jewish, custom.

13 :

She led the women in the dance, much as Miriam led the dance after Israel's victory over Egypt (Exod. 15.20 ). Many of the features of this triumph are borrowed from Israel's prototypal Exodus victory.

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