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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Judges 13:1–16:31

THEME

Human weakness

SETTING

c.12th–11th century BCE The low country of Judah.

KEY FIGURES

Samson Selected by God to free the Israelite people from the oppression of the Philistines. He is immensely strong, yet deeply flawed.

Samson’s wife Woman whose Philistine blood displeases both Samson’s parents and God.

Delilah Temptress with whom Samson falls in love. Working for Philistines, she learns the secrets of Samson’s strength.

Philistines Oppressors of the Israelites, and Samson’s greatest foe. They capture, blind, and enslave him.

Samson is the ultimate strong man of the Bible, but in some respects, he is ...

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