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The function of the Ammonite Achior in the book of Judith

Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a1101 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1101 | © 2011 Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 June 2011 | Published: 04 November 2011

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Pieter M. Venter, University of Pretoria, South Africa


An intertextual analysis of the character of Achior in the book of Judith shows that the author of the book proposes a changed Judaean identity. The way in which he depicts the character of Judith and her alter ego, Achior, illustrates the author’s ideology that people like proselytes and marginalised widows are not only to be included in the society, but can even be the leaders of the community. A nationalistic and exclusivist approach is entwined in the narrative with an inclusivist viewpoint propagating a new identity for the people of that time.


Judaean identity; book of Judith; Anchior; exclusivist view; inclusivist view


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