The early chapters of the Book of Judith record the boast of “Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians … the Great King, the lord of the whole earth” (2:4–5), that he would “accomplish by [his] own hand” (2:12) the destruction and plunder of the lands of those who had refused to join in the war against [the unknown] King
Arphaxad “in the great plain that is on the borders of Ragau” (1:5).

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