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The Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities invites you to the oral defense of the MA Thesis entitled "An Underrated Heroine: Comparison, Contrast, and Irony as Affirmations of Judith's Act of Heroism" by Johannes Jarot Hadianto on November 17, 2016 (Thursday), 3:00 pm, at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor, Loyola School of Theology.  The Board of Examiners is composed of Fr. Manuel Montesclaros, S.J., S.S.L. (Principal Examiner), Fr. Renato Repole, S.J., S.T.D., and Sr. Ma. Anicia Co, R.V.M., S.T.D., Ph.D.  The MA Thesis Adviser is Fr. Felipe Fruto Ramirez, S.J., S.T.D.  The defense is being held in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Arts in Theological Studies with field of specialization in Biblical Theology. It is open to the public.

Abstract:  This study uses historical criticism, sociological analysis, narrative criticism, rhetorical criticism, and ideological criticism to defend Judith’s credibility as a feminist heroine. Employing comparison, contrast, and irony as literary devices, the elements of the story of Judith – characters, setting, plot, and ideas – are analyzed to respond to criticisms, e.g., that Judith is merely an instrument of the patriarchal power.  This study finds that the traits of the great heroes and heroines of Israel are amalgamated in the person of Judith; that by taking the role as a decision maker, leader, warrior, and protector, Judith breaks the stereotypical image of women, and therefore, proves that she is subversive to patriarchy. Judith effectively maximizes her potentials and abilities as a woman to achieve her mission.  The findings are discussed in relation to the relevance of the book of Judith in these modern times.