Item No: mcai430061
Title: Initial A with Judith beheading Holofernes, beginning the Book of Judith
Additional Title: Bible
Rare Book Department
The Book of Judith is one of the deutero-canonical books included in the Vulgate Bible. It tells the story of the Old Testament heroine Judith, a Jewish widow. This initial depicts the moment when Judith beheads Holofernes, the leader of the Assyrian army. While the Jewish city of Bethulia was under siege, Judith entered the Assyrian camp to seduce Holofernes only to slay him in his sleep. Her bravery inspired the Jews to defend themselves and drive away the Assyrians.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Roger S. Wieck in dating and localizing these leaves.
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Lewis E M 43:6