An intertextual analysis of the character of Achior in the book of Judith shows that the author
of the book proposes a changed Judaean identity. The way in which he depicts the character
of Judith and her alter ego, Achior, illustrates the author’s ideology that people like proselytes
and marginalised widows are not only to be included in the society, but can even be the leaders
of the community. A nationalistic and exclusivist approach is entwined in the narrative with
an inclusivist viewpoint propagating a new identity for the people of that time.