Israelites Cover the Altar

illumination (62 × 86 mm) — c. 1430 Museum Royal Library, The Hague

This work is linked to Judith 4:11

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When the Israelites hear about the atrocities of the approaching Assyrians, they start to prepare for war. They pray to God, throw dust (ashes) on their head and don hair shirts (bags). They also cover the altar in the temple with a sheet to placate God.

The story of Judith as mediaeval cartoon (historical Bible):
The return of the delegation | Holophernes burns down a city | The altar is covered | Achior before Holophernes | Liberation of Achior | Shortage of water | Judith takes action | Head in the bag | Judith shows the head | Judith is praised | Holophernes on the wall

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