Samson and Our Reactions to the Strongman

Mahri Leonard-Fleckman

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/2017

Paired Article (Face to Face): Samson and Our Reactions to the Strongman

Issue: Joshua and Judges (Vol. 37, No 3, Summer, 2017)

What are we to make of the figure of Samson? Rollicking good stories, to be sure,but more than vaguely unsettling as a part of the biblical narrative. Mahri Leonard Fleckman reflects on the construction of Judge 13–16, and reflects on how readers might come to understand the significance of this strongman in the larger context.

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