Before Felton replied, and before she should be forced to resume this conversation, so difficult to be sustained in the same exalted tone, she let her hands fall; and as if the weakness of the woman overpowered the enthusiasm of the inspired fanatic, she said: "But no, it is not for me to be the Judith to deliver Bethulia
from this Holofernes.
A widow from the city of Bethulia
which was under siege, Judith seduced the leader of the opposing Assyrian army and beheaded him.
According to the Old Testament, Judith was a widow from the city of Bethulia
, under siege by the army of Assyrian general Holofernes.
Jerome (1498) T2 Saint Augustine in His Study (1490) T3 Virgin and Child with Young St John the Baptist (1515) T4 Last Communion of St Jerome (1494) T5 The return of Judith to Bethulia
(1473) T6 Portrait of a Man with a Medal of Cosimo the Elder (1474) T7 The Adoration of the Kings (1473) T8 Claude Monet Painting S Entering the Village of Vetheuil in Winter (1879) Ml Flowers in a Vase (1882) M2 A Farmyard in Normandy (1864) M3 Customs House (1882) M4 Still Life with Flowers and Fruit (1869) M5 Fishing Boats At Honfleur (1866) M6 Water Lilies (1916) M7 Floating Ice near Bennecourt (1893) M8 Painting S Riders on the beach (1902) G9 Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers (1888) G10 When Will You Marty?
This is the story of Judith, a rich and beautiful widow who lived in the Judean town of Bethulia
more than two and a half millennia ago.
Llewellyn interprets parallels between Bethulia
and Coignard's Toulouse attacked by Huguenot forces during the wars, and the strong female partnership between Judith and her maidservant Abra.
Naturally, the Bible was big business as well with the legendary D W Griffiths' Judith of Bethulia
steaming up great-great grandad's glasses as the heroine Judith offered her virtue to the commander besieging her city, a plot to knock him off.
The account of Judith beheading Holofernes is given in the deuterocanonical book of Judith according to which Holofernes was an Assyrian general about to destroy the city of Bethulia
. Judith is a beautiful and devout Jewish widow, who seeks to save her home when the elders of Bethulia
decide to surrender unless help arrives.
I mentioned that I knew Blanche Sweet, who had played the title role back in 1913 in Judith of Bethulia
. Immediately, Mac Liamm6ir responded, "Do you remember the eunuch in that film?" And proceeded to discuss the performance.
(16) The actress had first played Judith in Judith of Bethulia
three years earlier in Boston.
Violence and war in the story of Judith are undoubtedly gendered, for though they are suffered by all Jews in the city of Bethulia
, it is metonymically represented by a woman's body, Judith or "Jewess." Tornabuoni further specifies this allegory by altering an element of the source tale by drawing a connection between the female body and the holiness of the temple.