Samson: Hero or Fool?: The Many Faces of Samson
Eynikel, Erik and Tobias Nicklas, editors
Leiden: Brill, 2014 pp. x + 244. $133.00
Themes in Biblical Narrative: Jewish and Christian Traditions, 17
Description: Samson is a peculiar character. He is the most powerful of the Israelite judges and three whole chapters in the book of Judges are allocated to him. Yet he demonstrates many weaknesses, not least for the charms of women. In the international conference “Samson: Hero or Fool?” organised at the University of Nijmegen in April, 2008, the texts of Judges 16-18 were studied from different perspectives, investigating how the complex character of this (anti)hero lived on in various ways in the later traditions about him. The contributions discuss also the reception history of the Samson traditions in later Jewish, Christian and Islamic literature, as well as his representation in figurative and performing arts.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Judges, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism, History of Interpretation
Review by J. Clinton Mccann Jr.
Citation: J. Clinton Mccann Jr., review of Erik Eynikel and Tobias Nicklas, eds., Samson: Hero or Fool?: The Many Faces of Samson, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
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