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After struggling to the other side of the slough, Christian is pulled out by Help, who has heard his cries and tells him the swamp is made out of the decadence, scum, and filth of sin, but the ground is good at the narrow Wicket Gate. On his way to the Wicket Gate, Christian is diverted by the secular ethics of Mr. Worldly Wiseman into seeking deliverance from his burden through the Law, supposedly with the help of a Mr. Legality and his son Civility in the village of Morality, rather than through Christ, allegorically by way of the Wicket Gate. Evangelist meets the wayward Christian as he stops before Mount Sinai on the way to Mr.

It hangs over the road and threatens to crush any who would pass it; also the mountain flashed with fire. Evangelist shows Christian that he had sinned by turning out of his way and tells him that Mr. Legality and his son Civility are descendants of slaves and Mr.

Worldly Wiseman is a false guide, but he assures him that he will be welcomed at the Wicket Gate if he should turn around and go there, which Christian does. At the Wicket Gate begins the "straight and narrow" King's Highway, and Christian is directed onto it by the gatekeeper Goodwill who saves him from Beelzebub's archers at Beelzebub's castle near the Wicket Gate and shows him the heavenly way he must go. In the Second Part, Goodwill is shown to be Jesus himself.


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Christian makes his way from there to the House of the Interpreter, where he is shown pictures and tableaux that portray or dramatize aspects of the Christian faith and life. Roger Sharrock denotes them " emblems ". From the House of the Interpreter, Christian finally reaches the "place of deliverance" allegorically, the cross of Calvary and the open sepulchre of Christ , where the "straps" that bound Christian's burden to him break, and it rolls away into the open sepulcher. This event happens relatively early in the narrative: After Christian is relieved of his burden, he is greeted by three angels, who give him the greeting of peace, new garments, and a scroll as a passport into the Celestial City.


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Encouraged by all this, Christian happily continues his journey until he comes upon three men named Simple, Sloth, and Presumption. Christian tries to help them, but they disregard his advice. Before coming to the Hill of Difficulty, Christian meets two well-dressed men named Formality and Hypocrisy who prove to be false Christians that perish in the two dangerous bypasses near the hill, named Danger and Destruction.

Christian falls asleep at the arbor above the hill and loses his scroll, forcing him to go back and get it. Near the top of the Hill of Difficulty, he meets two weak pilgrims named Mistrust and Timorous who tell him of the great lions of the Palace Beautiful. Christian frightfully avoids the lions through Watchful the porter who tells them that they are chained and put there to test the faith of pilgrims. Atop the Hill of Difficulty, Christian makes his first stop for the night at the House of the Palace Beautiful, which is a place built by God for the refresh of pilgrims and godly travelers.

Christian spends three days here, and leaves clothed with the Armor of God Eph. This battle lasts "over half a day" until Christian manages to wound and stab Apollyon with his two-edged sword a reference to the Bible, Heb. As night falls, Christian enters the fearful Valley of the Shadow of Death. When he is in the middle of the Valley amidst the gloom, terror, and demons, he hears the words of the Twenty-third Psalm , spoken possibly by his friend Faithful:.

Just outside the Valley of the Shadow of Death he meets Faithful, also a former resident of the City of Destruction, who accompanies him to Vanity Fair, a place built by Beelzebub where every thing is to a human's tastes, delights, and lusts are sold daily, where both are arrested and detained because of their disdain for the wares and business of the Fair.

Faithful is put on trial and executed by burning at the stake as a martyr. A celestial chariot then takes Faithful to the Celestial City, martyrdom being a shortcut there. Hopeful, a resident of Vanity Fair, takes Faithful's place to be Christian's companion for the rest of the way.

Christian and Hopeful then come to a mining hill called Lucre. Its owner named Demas offers them all the silver of the mine but Christian sees through Demas's trickery and they avoid the mine. Afterward, a false pilgrim named By-Ends and his friends, who followed Christian and Hopeful only to take advantage of them, perish at the Hill Lucre, never to be seen or heard from again. On a rough, stony stretch of road, Christian and Hopeful leave the highway to travel on the easier By-Path Meadow, where a rainstorm forces them to spend the night.

In the morning they are captured by Giant Despair, who is known for his savage cruelty, and his wife Diffidence; the pilgrims are taken to the Giant's Doubting Castle, where they are imprisoned, beaten and starved. The Giant and the Giantess want them to commit suicide , but they endure the ordeal until Christian realizes that a key he has, called Promise, will open all the doors and gates of Doubting Castle. Using the key and the Giant's weakness to sunlight, they escape.

The Delectable Mountains form the next stage of Christian and Hopeful's journey, where the shepherds show them some of the wonders of the place also known as "Immanuel's Land". The pilgrims are shown sights that strengthen their faith and warn them against sinning, like the Hill Error or the Mountain Caution. On Mount Clear, they are able to see the Celestial City through the shepherd's "perspective glass", which serves as a telescope. This device is given to Mercy in the Second Part at her request. The shepherds tell the pilgrims to beware of the Flatterer and to avoid the Enchanted Ground.

Soon they come to a crossroad and a man dressed in white comes to help them. Thinking he is a "shining one" angel , the pilgrims follow the man, but soon get stuck in a net and realize their so-called angelic guide was the Flatterer. A true shining one comes and frees them from the net. The Angel punishes them for following the Flatterer and then puts them back on the right path. The pilgrims meet an Atheist, who tells them Heaven and God do not exist, but Christian and Hopeful remember the shepherds and pay no attention to the man.

Christian and Hopeful come to a place where a man named Little-Faith is chained by the ropes of seven demons who take him to a shortcut to the Lake of Fire Hell. On the way, Christian and Hopeful meet a lad named Ignorance, who believes that he will be allowed into the Celestial City through his own good deeds rather than as a gift of God's grace. Christian and Hopeful meet up with him twice and try to persuade him to journey to the Celestial City in the right way.

Ignorance persists in his own way that he thinks will lead him into Heaven. After getting over the River of Death on the ferry boat of Vain Hope without overcoming the hazards of wading across it, Ignorance appears before the gates of Celestial City without a passport, which he would have acquired had he gone into the King's Highway through the Wicket Gate. The Lord of the Celestial City orders the shining ones angels to take Ignorance to one of the byways of Hell and throw him in. Christian and Hopeful make it through the dangerous Enchanted Ground a place where the air makes them sleepy and if they fall asleep, they never wake up into the Land of Beulah, where they ready themselves to cross the dreaded River of Death on foot to Mount Zion and the Celestial City.

Christian has a rough time of it because of his past sins wearing him down, but Hopeful helps him over, and they are welcomed into the Celestial City. They visit the same stopping places that Christian visited, with the addition of Gaius' Inn between the Valley of the Shadow of Death and Vanity Fair, but they take a longer time in order to accommodate marriage and childbirth for the four sons and their wives.

The hero of the story is Greatheart, a servant of the Interpreter, who is the pilgrims' guide to the Celestial City. The passage of years in this second pilgrimage better allegorizes the journey of the Christian life. By using heroines , Bunyan, in the Second Part, illustrates the idea that women, as well as men, can be brave pilgrims. Witherspoon, professor of English at Yale University , writes in a prefatory essay:.

Part II, which appeared in , is much more than a mere sequel to or repetition of the earlier volume. It clarifies and reinforces and justifies the story of Part I. The beam of Bunyan's spotlight is broadened to include Christian's family and other men, women, and children; the incidents and accidents of everyday life are more numerous, the joys of the pilgrimage tend to outweigh the hardships; and to the faith and hope of Part I is added in abundant measure that greatest of virtues, charity.

The two parts of The Pilgrim's Progress, in reality, constitute a whole, and the whole is, without doubt, the most influential religious book ever written in the English language. This is exemplified by the frailness of the pilgrims of the Second Part — women, children, and physically and mentally challenged individuals — in contrast to the stronger pilgrims of the First Part. When Christiana's party leaves Gaius's Inn and Mr. Feeble-Mind lingers in order to be left behind, he is encouraged to accompany the party by Greatheart:. I have it in commission, to comfort the feeble-minded, and to support the weak.

You must needs go along with us; we will wait for you, we will lend you our help, we will deny ourselves of some things, both opinionative and practical, for your sake; we will not enter into doubtful disputations before you, we will be made all things to you, rather than you shall be left behind.

When she became pregnant, Judah threatened to burn her, but once he understood her motives, he said: Almost all the references to her ambivalent sexuality are contained in biblical references — the author is playing games with his audience.

Not so in Megillat Yehudit. Here she rises to become redeemer, queen, and judge of Israel. Judith, too, this implies, is endowed with divine wisdom in the execution of justice. Having killed Holofernes, she is transformed by her action: And we leave her putting her wisdom into execution: The royal House of David has the highest importance in Jewish tradition , for from this house will come the future Messiah. The links with David are repeatedly stressed: There are also allusions to women saviors: Esther , Deborah , Miriam , 21 Rahab.

Ruth is referred to more than once , ancestor of the House of David and the future Messiah. Bethulia of the apocryphal Judith becomes Jerusalem, besieged, threatened, but finally redeemed. Megillat Yehudit ends with a prayer from Isaiah: Food and victory are real. Celebration of Hanukkah was real and earthly, as opposed to the Christian symbolic.

Megillat Yehudit also ends with food, dough baked with honey. This is reminiscent of manna, heavenly honey-bread, given to the Jews in the wilderness, and used by God as the means by which he tests their faithfulness. Manna is remembered when eating honey cake in the medieval rite of passage conducted when a Jewish child was first taken to learn Torah. From New Testament times, manna was a subject of Christian polemic against Jews. Jesus as bread was a polemical response to manna. And Jesus as bread was eaten by Christians as the Eucharist.

In beginning and ending his account with the honey of the words of God in the eaten scroll, the author of Megillat Yehudit was setting up a polemic with Christian interpretations. In the apocryphal book , she had been a chaste widow , living in seclusion , and returning to it at the end of the book , never remarrying. Thus Jerome writes in his Preface to his translation of Judith in the Vulgate: Accipite Iudith viduam , castitatis exemplum: She is not a widow but a wife.

His Jewish audience were allowed , indeed encouraged , to enjoy food and sex in the right contexts. Bailey shows Judith representing Israel , i. Mary was seen as an expansion of Eve , for she was able to go to battle and defeat the devil. Thus Eve is conspicuous by her absence from the long list of sexually ambiguous women alluded to in Megillat Yehudit , whereas Judith , the virtuous wife , not virgin or widow , becomes queen and judges Israel.

Thus the identification of Judith, the victorious Jewish savior, with David, can be seen as part of the Jewish polemic of Megillat Yehudit , which presents the true Davidic redeemer against Christian claims. Whether through the fault of author or copyist , it is poorly written with ungrammatical Hebrew and confused phraseology made up of strings of biblical quotations. But it is precisely this sort of work which can perhaps help to shed light on the thoughts and feelings of medieval Jews , a beleaguered minority in triumphantly Christian Europe , striving to preserve their own customs and way of life , and doing it here by reclaiming Judith , the Jewess , as their own.

Below the title , Megillat Yehudit , is the instruction , written in smaller letters: The second part of the manuscript only, with the story of Judith, was published by A. There is a microfiche of the whole manuscript in the National Library in Jerusalem. My male Greek teacher used to say of translations that they are like women: I fear this translation is neither: My excuse is that this is a preliminary translation, aimed at giving readers who are not familiar with the original Hebrew some idea of Megillat Yehudit.

As the writer Shai Agnon said, reading a Hebrew work in translation is like kissing a bride through her veil. Hebrew words carry with them a biblical load, all the more so when the work is written, as here, almost entirely as a string of biblical quotations and allusions. I have noted over three hundred scriptural citations, shown in italics , and I am sure there are more.

It would be interesting to analyze them all and their intertextual effect. I have made a start on the group of references to women and food in my paper above. For the biblical quotations I have made use of three translations of the Hebrew Bible: None of them is wholly satisfactory in the new context of Megillat Yehudit. Note that changes of person and number of the verb, and other grammatical infelicities are typical of this document.

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Many of these are due to the use of quotations, which the author does not always adapt to the new context. I am grateful to Deborah Gera for her critical reading of this translation and her helpful suggestions. Then he besieged it , and built a siege-ramp , 44 and he did not allow any man to go out or come in.

Thus they were besieged for many days. Thus they put their hand under his hand and surrendered. Then he placed his throne above 47 the throne of the kings who had been in Jerusalem and he was triumphant and smote 48 Israel and possessed their land. I say that my purpose shall take effect , I will accomplish all that I please. I will turn my hand upon you , 87 and I shall burn all your fortresses.

Turn back to me , and I will make you high in praise and in name and in honour. You are destined for death , for you did not observe my commandments. It would be better for you if someone else were to rule you, rather than my men should rule you! You should know therefore, that [the women] will be their prey.

We ceased to give our daughters in marriage for we no longer have money to give away our daughters, and because of that they are debarred from marrying. Every man and woman who do not marry, each of them brings blood on his house, there is one law for him — he shall be put to death. This man was greater than all men of old, a mighty hero and man of war. And you will be like one of the scoundrels of Israel. He was sitting on his throne and his officers were on his right and on his left. When he saw him belted with his sword close to him , he derided him , saying: So they built fortresses in all Judah and Jerusalem, and they prepared missiles and many shields and they strengthened the lookouts of their walls and they made towers to put large stones in them.

They put a garrison and men of war in each and every town and in Jerusalem, proclaimed a fast and prayed to God. Every day he went around the wall with his officers and his horsemen , his generals and his chariot. Silver and gold will not be accounted , but you should be our support and come to the city and reign over us. And we together will bow down to your footstool. If a man were to give all the substance of his house it would not save him from me. I will not stay my sword from blood and I will wreak vengeance on my foe. For many days he sat in his tent with his officers and the nobles of the country.

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