Judith - Bible study ideas
Activities for individuals or groups
'Women with courage' films
List some films about women who saved their people/community/family. You can choose recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
1. Have you chosen films that are (fairly) realistic, or do you prefer films that are inspiring/uplifting?
Stage 3: Choose your favorite
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Individual activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; answer the questions above as far as you are able; decide which of the heroine's qualities you would like to have yourself; think about them as you do other tasks in your day.
Movies about valiant woman
Answers HERE (see 'Judith') Can you think of others?
Paintings of Judith
Read the story at Bible People: Judith
Go to Famous paintings of Judith's story. Scroll through the paintings from first to last.
Which part of the story of Judith has been the most popular with artists?
Would this have been your choice?
Artists paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your reasoning.
If you have chosen something different, ask yourself why this other incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists. Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
Images of God
Focus on the passage about the nature of God in Judith 9:11-17.
Spend some time in quiet thought, drawing up your own image of God. Discuss with a learning partner.
Focus questions for the Scripture story
1. What are the most interesting moments in Judith's story?
Rising to the occasion
Think of some moments in your own life when you have risen to some extraordinary occasion, some emergency that called for you to behave in a way you would normally find difficult.
Write a brief description of one of these moments in your life. What qualities did you find that you did not realize you had?