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From Genesis to Judges, there's hardly a story in the books of the Old Testament which hasn't inspired an opera or oratorio, or a verse that hasn't been set to music. Here are 10 to get to know better.
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One of Handel's successful early oratorios, premiered in March 1733, is based on stories found in the Book of Judges. The Israelites have been subjugated for 20 years by the Canaanites, when the prophetess Deborah foretells the death of the Canaanite commander Sisera at the hands of a woman. The Israelites go to war against the Canaanites and win. And sure enough, a woman assassinates Sisera as he sleeps in her tent.
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