Samson was a legendary Israelite warrior and judge, a member of the tribe of Dan, and a Nazirite. His immense physical strength, which he used for 20 years against the Philistines, derived from his uncut hair.
Samson was an Israelite from the tribe of Dan. Samson’s mother is unnamed in the Bible but also appears to be from the tribe of Dan.
Samson’s parents, Zoah and Manoah, who weren’t supposed to be able to conceive, were told that Samson was to be a Nazirite and a deliverer for Israel. A Nazirite kept three promises: 1) He would not eat grapes or drink wine; 2) he would not touch anything dead; and 3) he would never cut his hair.
In the Bible Delilah was a woman of Sorek. The Bible says that Samson loved her (Judges 16:4) but not that she loved him. The two were not said to be married and the idea that they had a sexual relationship is, in the words of Josey Bridges Snyder, “at most implicit in the biblical text”.
When Samson was eighteen he met a young Philistine named Delilah.
Samson is betrayed by his lover Delilah, who, sent by the Philistines officials to entice him, orders a servant to cut his hair while he is sleeping and turns him over to his Philistine enemies, who gouge out his eyes and force him to grind grain in a mill at Gaza.
Manoah and his wife were the parents of famous judge Samson. According to Rabbinic tradition, they also had a daughter called Nishyan or Nashyan.
Manoah’s wife (also referred to as Samson’s mother) is an unnamed figure in the Book of Judges, the wife of Manoah. She is introduced in Judges 13:2 as a barren woman. The angel of the Lord appears to her and tells her she will have a son. She later gives birth to Samson.
Satan used the woman to cut his hair, which made his contract with God null and void. It was not necessarily in the hair that God gave his power but the power was in the agreement that Sampson had with God under the Nazarite Vow. When this last bond was broken the power of God departed from him.
She was a Philistine who, bribed to entrap Samson, coaxed him into revealing that the secret of his strength was his long hair, whereupon she took advantage of his confidence to betray him to his enemies. Her name has since become synonymous with a voluptuous, treacherous woman.
Louis Ginzberg’s classic The Legends of the Jews further mentions that Micah’s mother was none other than Delilah, and that the Philistines bribed her with the 1,100 shekels for Samson’s secret.
The Philistines were a group of people who arrived in the Levant (an area that includes modern-day Israel, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria ) during the 12th century B.C. They came during a time when cities and civilizations in the Middle East and Greece were collapsing.
Like Samson, Delilah is a liminal and complex character. As a Philistine, she is a hero among Israel’s enemies. As an Israelite, she is a traitor to her own people.
noun. a judge of Israel famous for his great strength. Judges 13–16. any man of extraordinary physical strength. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “like the sun.”