Samson: The Hero and the Man : the Story of Samson (Judges 13-16)

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Peter Lang, Jan 1, 2006 - Religion - 334 pages
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The story of Samson in the Bible is told in just four chaptes of the Book of Judges, but the story of his life is composed of a mosaic of events. This book The story of Samson in the Bible is told in just four chaptes of the Book of Judges, but the story of his life is composed of a mosaic of events. examines many aspects of the unique figure of Samson: Samson as the chosen of God, who is destined to save the Israelites from Philistine oppression, and who ultimately dies with the Philistines; Samson, who appears on the stage of history as a promising leader but whose leadership fails; Samson the dissolute Nazirite; a powerful man who rips apart a lion as though it were a lamb, who uproots the gates of the city of Gaza and pulls down a pagan temple - but at the same time he succumbs to his women and is ruled by them. This book invites the reader to contemplate Samson's highly contradictory personality, to take up moral issues, and to reflect upon love and betrayal, life and death, family and society - subjects that have concerned people from antiquity to the present.
  

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Contents

Chapter
27
Chapter Three
41
Casanova
55
Chapter Four
59
Chapter Five
77
Samsons Agreement
91
The Bridal Chamber
105
The Woman from Timnath and The Other
124
Chapter
165
Chapter Eleven
181
Chapter Twelve
201
Sighted or Blind?
214
Chapter Thirteen
219
Chapter Fourteen
245
Chapter Fifteen
271
Bibliography
285

Chapter Eight
133
Chapter Nine
149

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About the author (2006)

The Author: Pnina Galpaz-Feller is Lecturer in Bible and the Ancient Near East at the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She has written The Exodus from Egypt - Reality or Illusion and has published academic articles in journals in Israel and abroad. She has taken part in international conferences on Bible studies and has received prizes for her contribution to research and teaching in Jewish Studies.

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