Bible People - Judith
lies, murder - the full story of Judith and Holofernes
one of the Bible's Top Ten Villains
in biblical times
the ruins of Lachish - what happened to a besieged town
lies, murder - Judith one of the Top Ten Heroines of the Bible
sort of jewelry Judith might have worn
paintings of this bloodthirsty story
for individuals or groups
'Women with courage' films
List some films about women who saved their people/community/family. You can choose recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
Have you chosen films that are (fairly) realistic, or do you prefer
films that are inspiring/uplifting?
3: Choose your favorite
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Single activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; answer the questions above as far as you are able; decide which of the heroine's qualities you would like to have yourself; think about them as you do other tasks in your day.
Paintings of Judith
Read the story at Bible People: Judith
Go to the link at the bottom of the painting at right. Scroll through the paintings from first to last.
Which part of the story of Judith has been the most popular with artists?
Would this have been your choice?
Artists paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your reasoning.
If you have chosen something different, ask yourself why this other incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists. Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
Focus on the passage about the nature of God in Judith 9:11-17.
Spend some time in quiet thought, drawing up your own image of God. Discuss with a learning partner.
Focus Questions for the Scripture story
1. What are the most
interesting moments in Judith's story?
to the Occasion
Think of some moments in your own life when you have risen to some extraordinary occasion, some emergency that called for you to behave in a way you would normally find difficult.
Write a brief description of one of these moments in your life. What qualities did you find that you did not realize you had?
Extra Websites in the left column have background information and ideas.