22 MARCH 1930, Page 23


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

SIR,—As a great admirerand a constant reader for many years of the Spectator, may I be allowed to point out an error which has crept into the " General Knowledge Questions and Answers " ? In series 7—Question No. 8 asks for " Three *ell-known Old Testament women whose names begin with J." The answer given is " Jael, Jezebel, Judith."

I submit that Judith's name does not occur in the Old Testament. Her achievements are recorded in the Book of 'Judith, one of the books included in the Apocrypha : Dr. Smith, of Bible Dictionary fame, writes of the Book of Judith as " one of the earliest specimens of historical fiction." I am not one of the " modernists " who, alas ! describe the Old Testament in such terms ; therefore, I must protest against any attempt to put the Word of God on the same level as the Apocrypha.—I am, Sir, &c.,