Samson the Judge, Critical Issues (שִׁמְשׁ֑וֹן, shimshon). Overviews the background and textual history surrounding Samson, a supernatural strongman from the tribe of Dan, and deliverer of Israel. Samson opposed the Philistines in south-central Canaan.
Samson. Manoah’s son, from Dan’s tribe. His mother, whose name is not given in the Bible, was barren. The angel of the Lord announced to her that she would have a son, who was to be a Nazirite all of his life (i.e., he was not to drink wine or strong drink, not to eat anything ceremonially unclean, and
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Samsonsamʹsən [Heb. šimšôn; Gk. Sampsōn (He. 11:32)]. The last of the judges of Israel (Jgs. 13–16), Samuel excepted. His name is probably derived from Heb. šemeš, “sun.” Most likely he was named by his parents in anticipation of his sun-like strength (cf. Jgs. 5:31; Ps. 19:4c–5 [MT 5c–6]).
SAMSON Manoah’s son, from Dan’s tribe. His mother, whose name is not given in the Bible, had been barren. The angel of the Lord announced to her that she would have a son, who was to be a Nazirite all of his life (i.e., he was not to drink wine or strong drink, not to eat anything ceremonially unclean,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Samson (sam´suhn), an early Israelite hero. The traditions about Samson depict him as a judge who assisted his tribe, the Danites, in their struggle against the Philistines. The stories present him as a Nazirite from birth, but his passion for foreign women compromised the Nazirite vow, which required
SAMSON. An Israelite hero from the tribe of Dan, the son of Manoah; one of the last of the judges before Samuel (Jdg 13:24–16:31). The derivation of his name Shimshôn is uncertain. It may be from Heb. shemesh, “sun,” meaning “sun-like,” given by his parents in anticipation of his heroic, sun-like energy,
SAMSON. Greater attention is given to Samson than to any other of Israel’s judges before Samuel (Jdg. 13–16). His name, šimšôn (Jdg. 13:24), derives from Heb. šemeš, ‘sun’, which has led some scholars to suggest a connection with a sun-mythology, Samson’s exploits being equated with the ‘twelve
Jaw, JawboneThe lower bone structure of the human or animal mouth (Heb. lĕḥɩ̂). Samson defeated Philistine opponents with a jawbone of an ass and commemorated the event by naming the place of slaughter Ramath-lehi, “hill of the jawbone” (Judg. 15:15–19). Metaphorically, placing a hook or bridle in
Samson (Heb. šimšôn)The last of the great judges (Judg. 13–16) who led premonarchic Israel. The Danite Samson is said to have begun delivering Israel from the Philistines, their most persistent and threatening enemy.As with all of the judges, the depiction of Samson (diminutive of šemeš, “sun”)
Jaw, Jawbone (Heb. leḥî).† The bony structure which forms the framework of the mouth. Samson used such a bone from an ass as a weapon against the Philistines (Judg. 15:15–17; cf. v. 17, Ramath-lehi “hill of the jawbone”).The jaw occurs frequently in a figurative sense, particularly with regard
Samson [sămˊsən] (Heb. šimšôn; from šemeš “sun, solar deity”; Gk. Sampsōn).† An Israelite hero, regarded as one of the judges. Samson’s birth was announced to his mother, the childless wife of the Danite Manoah, by an angel who said that the boy would be a Nazirite and that he would begin
SAMSON (Hebrew, probably “sun”) Perhaps the best known of the Judges. He was the instrument of deliverance from the Philistines at a time of prolonged Philistine domination (Judg 13–16).Samson was the son of Manoah, of the village of Zoprah of the tribe of Dan. His mother had been barren, like Sarah,
Samson (prob. 11th cent. bc), Hebrew hero, enemy of the Philistines and traditionally the last of the great ‘judges’. Acc. to Jgs. 13:2–16:31 he was the son of Manoah, of the tribe of Dan, born in answer to prayer and bound throughout his life by a *Nazirite vow. He was endowed with prodigious strength,