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Holofernes lays siege to Bethulia

Posted in Bible, Religion on Thursday, 10 February 2011

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The Israelites defending the besieged hill city of Bethuliah

Holofernes was a feared and fearless general favoured by Nebuchadnezzar, and therefore sent by him to punish those peoples who opposed his reign. He lay siege to Bethuliah with a huge army, and certain victory only eluded him on account of a beautiful Hebrew woman called Judith. She made her way into the enemy camp, seduced the commander-in-chief and decapitated him when he was drunk. She then returned to Bethuliah with the head of Holofernes.

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