Epistles of Thomas

May 13, 2009

Judges 13-15

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 20:33
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Chapter 13 introduces Samson. This is an expansive story which begins with a barren woman being promised a son who is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to the Lord; refraining from alcoholic drink and haircuts. In chapter 14, Samson is attracted to a Philistine woman and he takes his parents there to marry her. He gets involved in a riddle game with the locals and they have his wife pry the answer from him. He is furious and returns home leaving his wife to be given to another man. When Samson returns for her he learned that she had been given away and he burned the Philistine’s crops using 300 foxes! This enraged the Philistines and they burned Samson’s wife and her father to death. They went out in search of Samson and finding him in Judah they suddenly discovered that a donkey’s jaw bone can be a deadly weapon. Samson killed 1000 men that day. This section concludes, “Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines” (15:20).

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