Outline of Book of Judith

Outline of Book of Judith


I. The Campaign of Holophernes

The fortifications of King Arphaxad (Jdt 1:1-1:4)

King Nebuchadnezzar’s army (Jdt 1:5-1:6)

The failure of the messengers of King Nebuchadnezzar (Jdt 1:7-1:11)

The anger of King Nebuchadnezzar (Jdt 1:12-1:12)

The campaign against King Arphaxad (Jdt 1:13-1:16)

Plans about the western campaign (Jdt 2:1-2:3)

The instructions to Holofernes, the general of the army (Jdt 2:4-2:13)

Holofernes organizes his army (Jdt 2:14-2:18)

The large army of Holofernes (Jdt 2:19-2:20)

The exploits of Holofernes (Jdt 2:21-2:28)

The request for peace (Jdt 3:1-3:5)

The conquest of the seacoast (Jdt 3:6-3:9)

The alert in Judea (Jdt 4:1-4:3)

The preparations for the invasion (Jdt 4:4-4:8)

The Israelites fasting in sack cloths (Jdt 4:9-4:12)

The Lord hears their prayers (Jdt 4:13-4:15)

Holofernes hears of the Israelite preparations (Jdt 5:1-5:4)

Achior the Ammonite explains the history of Israel (Jdt 5:5-5:9)

Achior explains the Israelite history in Egypt (Jdt 5:10-5:16)

Achior says that God is on the Israelite side (Jdt 5:17-5:21)

The officers of General Holofernes did not like Achior (Jdt 5:22-5:24)

General Holofernes chastises Achior (Jdt 6:1-6:4)

General Holofernes wants Achior sent away (Jdt 6:5-6:9)

Achior is sent to the Israelites (Jdt 6:10-6:13)

Achior tells his story to the Israelites (Jdt 6:14-6:17)

The prayer of the Israelites (Jdt 6:18-6:21)



 II. The Siege of Bethulia

The campaign against Israel (Jdt 7:1-7:5)

General Holofernes views the Israelites (Jdt 7:6-7:7)

They discuss the idea of seizing the spring water (Jdt 7:8-7:15)

General Holofernes sets the plan in action (Jdt 7:16-7:18)

The lack of water is a great concern to the Israelites (Jdt 7:19-7:22)

The Israelites pray to God to surrender (Jdt 7:23-7:29)

Uzziah asks them to have courage (Jdt 7:30-7:32)


 III. Judith

Judith (Jdt 8:1-8:8)

Judith calls for a meeting (Jdt 8:9-8:10)

Judith’s speech (Jdt 8:11-8:17)

The Israelites have no false gods (Jdt 8:18-8:20)

Let us not fall into slavery (Jdt 8:21-8:24)

Let us thank God (Jdt 8:25-8:27)

The response of Uzziah (Jdt 8:28-8:31)

Judith responds (Jdt 8:32-8:34)

Uzziah tells her to go in peace (Jdt 8:35-8:36)

Judith prays (Jdt 9:1-9:1)

The prayer of Judith about her ancestor Simeon (Jdt 9:2-9:4)

The prayer of Judith for the future (Jdt 9:4-9:6)

The prayer of Judith against the Assyrians (Jdt 9:7-9:10)

The prayer of Judith for God’s help (Jdt 9:11-9:14)


 IV. Judith and Holofernes

Judith dresses up to go to General Holofernes (Jdt 10:1-10:5)

Judith leaves Bethulia with her maid (Jdt 10:6-10:10)

Judith meets the first Assyrians (Jdt 10:11-10:13)

Judith is led to the tent of General Holofernes (Jdt 10:14-10:17)

The beautiful Judith stuns the whole Assyrian camp (Jdt 10:18-10:19)

Judith meets General Holofernes (Jdt 10:20-10:23)

General Holofernes speaks to Judith (Jdt 11:1-11:4)

General Holofernes speaks to Judith (Jdt 11:1-11:4)

Judith responds to General Holofernes (Jdt 11:5-11:7)

Judith praises General Holofernes (Jdt 11:8-11:8)

Judith reveals the situation of the Israelites (Jdt 11:9-11:15)

Judith reveals her plan to General Holofernes (Jdt 11:16-11:19)

Holofernes commends Judith (Jdt 11:20-11:23)

Judith and food (Jdt 12:1-12:4)

Judith goes out to pray (Jdt 12:5-12:9)

The invitation of General Holofernes (Jdt 12:10-12:11)

Judith accepts the invitation of General Holofernes (Jdt 12:13-12:14)

Judith and General Holofernes drink together (Jdt 12:15-12:20)

Judith stays with General Holofernes as he sleeps (Jdt 13:1-13:4)

Judith prays before her killing (Jdt 13:4-13:5)

Judith beheads General Holofernes (Jdt 13:6-13:10)

Judith carries the head of General Holofernes to Bethulia (Jdt 13:10-13:11)

The people of Bethulia greet Judith (Jdt 13:12-13:14)

Judith shows them the head of General Holofernes (Jdt 13:15-13:16)

The prayer of the people and Uzziah (Jdt 13:17-13:20)


 V. The Victory

Judith makes plans (Jdt 14:1-14:5)

Achior becomes an Israelite (Jdt 14:6-14:10)

The Israelites pretend to attack (Jdt 14:11-14:13)

The Assyrians discover the death of General Holofernes (Jdt 14:14-14:19)

The Assyrians flee (Jdt 15:1-15:7)

The praise for Judith (Jdt 15:8-15:10)

Israelites plunder the tent of General Holofernes (Jdt 15:11-15:11)

Judith and the women of Israel (Jdt 15:12-15:13)

The thanksgiving canticle of Judith (Jdt 15:14-16:4)

The intervention of Judith (Jdt 16:5-16:10)

The Israelite victory (Jdt 16:11-16:12)

Sing to the Lord a new song (Jdt 16:13-16:17)

The worship in Jerusalem (Jdt 16:18-16:20)

The life and death of Judith (Jdt 16:21-16:25)



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