The Story of Samson and the Lion Discussion Essay

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Over two thousand years have passed and yet, Samson still remains a well-known and idealized character. Long, luxurious hair, strength and stature unmatched, blessed by God from birth and handpicked to be the leader of a blessed nation – it’s no wonder that today, Samson is remembered more for these qualities than the actual acts he is infamous for. In Judges 14, Samson shows blatant disregard for tradition, customs, sacrament, his parents, women, and people, as he kills over 30 people without a second thought, and yet we are to believe that he is the man who will lead Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. Was it God who really appointed him, or was the author of the text trying to make a point? It is my hypothesis that in the story …show more content…
The book of Judges has a repetitious cycle of sinning, oppression, repentance, and deliverance, but that cycle is missing from Judges 14 (Frolov 232).
The story of Samson being allegorical is paralleled in a few other books in the Bible, such as Samuel and Eli (Brettler 397) and the story of Adam and Eve also thought to be more of an allegory than outright truth (Brettler 405).
There is much evidence in regard to the book of Judges being edited. Judges 1-21 is treated largely separate from the text before and after the section, and there are too similar of phrases at the beginning and ending of the section for it to be coincidence as well (Brettler 399).
A statement was repeatedly written throughout the book. “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Scholars believe that this was a pro-monarchy redaction made, adding it to emphasize Israel’s need for a king (Malamat). After Samson’s section of Judges, in the epilogue, Judah is assigned to lead twice, thereby implying pro-Judah political leanings on part of the author who wrote it (Davis). Scholars disagree about the number

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