THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: The Housewife as Guerrilla

Judith, a daring and beautiful widow, upset with her Jewish countrymen for not trusting God to deliver them from their foreign conquerors, goes to the camp of the enemy General Holofernes, with whom she slowly ingratiates herself, just before decapitating him and taking his head back to her fearful countrymen.

( Like many words for fighting, guerrilla is feminine. Although women are exempt from military conscription, never let it be said that battle is unwomanly. It’s an integral part of woman’s vocation. There is divine sanction for this outrageous statement, first pronounced in Eden, where her war began. God informed the serpent. “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel” (Gen. 3:15).

Satan, poor devil, was to suffer the humiliation of being fought down through the ages and eventually conquered through the tactics of a woman, the militant mother of men, “fair as the moon, bright as the sun,” but “terrible as an army set in array” (Cant. 6:9). Because she excels in guerrilla warfare—a form of fighting exhibiting unmistakably female characteristics—she is seldom seen in uniform, and often not seen at all.

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