"Judith is an especially compelling figure. She is morally ambiguous: although pious, faithful, and religiously observant, she lies, seduces, and murders."
"She has often been viewed as a model for human liberation, and her courage and complexity have fascinated artists, writers, and composers for centuries."
"Judith's lies are often interpreted as wisdom, and the success of her mission is achieved by means of cosmetic adornment."
-p.32, Apocrypha, Introduction to Judith