Samson in reception history

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As one of the most famous figures from the Historical Books of the Hebrew Bible, rivaled perhaps only by King David, the reception histories of Samson and the women of Judges 13-16 are extensive. The major events in the narrative found in Judges 13-16 involve not only Samson but also the women of the story: an unnamed mother, an unnamed Philistine wife, an unnamed prostitute, and, perhaps most illustrious of all, the named Delilah. This essay briefly outlines some of the major questions and concerns voiced by the many later readers and interpreters of Samson, revealing how the story of Samson, both in and outside the biblical text, is also a story about the women who appear in this account.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Historical Books of the Hebrew Bible
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780190261160
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Delilah
  • Manoah’s wife
  • Reception history
  • Samson
  • Samson’s mother
  • Samson’s philistine wife


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