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ON THE COVER: The apocryphal Book of Susanna tells of the threatened sexual abuse of a virtuous woman by two respected judges. In this page from a 16th-century Book of Hours, Susanna, accompanied by her maid, is confronted by the two lusting elders. “Straits press me on every side,” she cries in the Latin caption, “It is more desirable for me to die than to sin.” The Judges’ conspiracy almost costs Susanna her life until God inspires the young Daniel—later the hero of the lion’s den—to save her. In “Susanna: A Case of Sexual Harassment in Ancient Babylon,” Carey Moore examines why this tale of pious virtue was not included in the Hebrew Scriptures or in the Protestant Bible.