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JUDITH (Heb. fem. of yehûdhî, Judean, Jew). One of the wives of Esau (Gen.26.34) and daughter of Beeri the Hittite.

JUDITH jōō’ dĭth (יְהוּדִ֔ית, a Jewess), a wife of Esau, daughter of Beeri the Hitt. (Gen 26:34).

2. The heroine of the Book of Judith in the OT Apoc. She killed Holofernes, the general of Nebuchadnezzar, and thus saved Jerusalem and her countrymen.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(for etymology, see next article):

(1) A wife of Esau, daughter of Beeri the Hittite (Ge 26:34).

(2) The heroine of the Book of Judith in Apocrypha--a pious, wealthy, courageous, and patriotic widow who delivered Jerusalem and her countrymen from the assault of Holofernes, the general of Nebuchadnezzar who had arranged the expedition which aimed at making Nebuchadnezzar the object of universal human worship.

The 8th and following chapters of the book describe her actions which resulted in the cutting off of the head of Holofernes, the rout of the Assyrian army, and the deliverance of the Jews.

See Book of Judith.