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Samson
Samson
(/ˈsæmsən/; שִׁמְשׁוֹן‬, Shimshon, "man of the sun")[1][a] was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges
Book of Judges
in the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
(chapters 13 to 16) and one of the last of the leaders who "judged" Israel before the institution of the monarchy. He is sometimes considered to be an Israelite version of the popular Near Eastern folk hero also embodied by the Sumerian Enkidu
Enkidu
and the Greek Heracles. The biblical account states that Samson
Samson
was a Nazirite, and that he was given immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform superhuman feats,[2] including slaying a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines
Philistines
using only the jawbone of an ass. However, if Samson's long hair was cut, then his Nazirite vow would be violated, and he would lose his strength.[3] Samson
Samson
was betrayed by his lover Delilah, who ordered a servant to cut his hair while he was sleeping and turned him over to his Philistine enemies, who gouged out his eyes and forced him to grind grain in a mill at Gaza. When the Philistines
Philistines
took Samson
Samson
into their temple of Dagon, Samson
Samson
asked to rest against one of the support pillars; after being granted permission, he prayed to God and miraculously recovered his strength, allowing him to grasp hold of the columns and tear them down, killing himself and all the Philistines
Philistines
with him. In some Jewish traditions, Samson
Samson
is believed to have been buried in Tel Tzora in Israel overlooking the Sorek valley. Samson
Samson
has been the subject of both rabbinic and Christian commentary, with some Christians viewing him as a type of Jesus, based on similarities between their lives. Notable depictions of Samson
Samson
include John Milton's closet drama Samson Agonistes
Samson Agonistes
and Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 Hollywood film Samson
Samson
and Delilah. Samson
Samson
also plays a major role in Western art and traditions.

Contents

1 Biblical narrative

1.1 Birth 1.2 Marriage to a Philistine 1.3 Delilah 1.4 Death

2 Religious interpretations

2.1 Rabbinic literature 2.2 Christian interpretations

3 Scholarly interpretations 4 Cultural influence 5 See also 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

Biblical narrative[edit] Birth[edit] See also: Nazirite

The Sacrifice of Manoah
Manoah
(1640-1650) by Eustache Le Sueur

According to the account in the Book of Judges, Samson
Samson
lived during a time of repeated conflict between Israel and Philistia, when God was disciplining the Israelites
Israelites
by giving them "into the hand of the Philistines".[4] Manoah
Manoah
was an Israelite from Zorah, descended from the Danites,[5] and his wife had been unable to conceive.[6][7] The Angel of the Lord
Angel of the Lord
appeared to Manoah's wife and proclaimed that the couple would soon have a son who would begin to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines.[8] The Angel of the Lord
Angel of the Lord
stated that Manoah's wife was to abstain from all alcoholic drinks, and her promised child was not to shave or cut his hair. He was to be a Nazirite from birth. In ancient Israel, those wanting to be especially dedicated to God for a time could take a Nazirite vow which included abstaining from wine and spirits, not cutting hair or shaving, and other requirements.[6][7][8] The wife believed the Angel of the Lord; her husband was not present, so he prayed and asked God to send the messenger once again to teach them how to raise the boy who was going to be born. After the Angel of the Lord
Angel of the Lord
returned, Manoah
Manoah
asked him his name, but he said, "Why do you ask my name? It is beyond understanding."[9] Manoah
Manoah
then prepared a sacrifice, but the Angel of the Lord
Angel of the Lord
would only allow it to be for God. He touched it with his staff, miraculously engulfing it in flames, and then ascended into the sky in the fire — and, in doing so, revealed that he was not simply an angel but was God in angelic form. This was such dramatic evidence of the nature of the Messenger that Manoah
Manoah
feared for his life, since it was said that no one could live after seeing God. However, his wife convinced him that, if God planned to slay them, he would never have revealed such things to them. In due time, their son Samson
Samson
was born, and he was raised according to the provisions.[7][8] Marriage to a Philistine[edit] See also: Samson's riddle When he was a young adult, Samson
Samson
left the hills of his people to see the cities of Philistia. He fell in love with a Philistine woman from Timnah, whom he decided to marry, ignoring the objections of his parents, who were concerned because the Israelites
Israelites
were forbidden to marry Gentiles.[7][8][10][11] In the development of the narrative, the intended marriage was shown to be part of God's plan to strike at the Philistines.[8] According to the biblical account, Samson
Samson
was repeatedly seized by the "Spirit of the Lord," who blessed him with immense strength. The first instance of this is seen when Samson
Samson
was on his way to ask for the Philistine woman's hand in marriage, when he was attacked by a lion. He simply grabbed it and ripped it apart, as the spirit of God divinely empowered him. However, Samson
Samson
kept it a secret, not even mentioning the miracle to his parents.[8][12][13] He arrived at the Philistine's house and became betrothed to her. He returned home, then came back to Timnah
Timnah
some time later for the wedding. On his way, Samson
Samson
saw that bees had nested in the carcass of the lion and made honey.[8][13] He ate a handful of the honey and gave some to his parents.[8] At the wedding feast, Samson
Samson
told a riddle to his thirty groomsmen (all Philistines). If they could solve it, he would give them thirty pieces of fine linen and garments, but if they could not solve it, they would give him thirty pieces of fine linen and garments.[7][8] The riddle was a veiled account of two encounters with the lion, at which only he was present:[8][13]

Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the strong came something sweet.[14]

The Philistines
Philistines
were infuriated by the riddle.[8] The thirty groomsmen told Samson's new wife that they would burn her and her father's household if she did not discover the answer to the riddle and tell it to them.[8][13] At the urgent and tearful imploring of his bride, Samson
Samson
told her the solution, and she told it to the thirty groomsmen.[7][8]

Samson
Samson
Slays a Thousand Men with the Jawbone of a Donkey
Donkey
(c. 1896–1902) by James Tissot

Before sunset on the seventh day they said to him,

What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion?

Samson
Samson
said to them,

If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.[15]

Samson
Samson
then traveled to Ashkelon
Ashkelon
(a distance of roughly 30 miles) where he slew thirty Philistines
Philistines
for their garments; he then returned and gave those garments to his thirty groomsmen.[7][13][16] In a rage, Samson
Samson
returned to his father's house. The family of his would-have-been bride instead gave her to one of the groomsmen as wife.[7][13][16] Some time later, Samson
Samson
returned to Timnah
Timnah
to visit his wife, unaware that she was now married to one of his former groomsmen. But her father refused to allow Samson
Samson
to see her, offering to give Samson
Samson
a younger sister instead.[7][16] Samson
Samson
went out, gathered 300 foxes, and tied them together in pairs by their tails. He then attached a burning torch to each pair of foxes' tails and turned them loose in the grain fields and olive groves of the Philistines.[17] The Philistines
Philistines
learned why Samson burned their crops and burned Samson's wife and father-in-law to death in retribution.[7][16][18] In revenge, Samson
Samson
slaughtered many more Philistines, saying, "I have done to them what they did to me."[7][16] Samson
Samson
then took refuge in a cave in the rock of Etam.[7][16][19] An army of Philistines
Philistines
came to the Tribe of Judah
Tribe of Judah
and demanded that 3,000 men of Judah deliver them Samson.[7][19] With Samson's consent, they tied him with two new ropes and were about to hand him over to the Philistines
Philistines
when he broke free of the ropes.[18][19] Using the jawbone of a donkey, he slew 1,000 Philistines.[18][19][20] Delilah[edit]

Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(1887) by Jose Etxenagusia

Later, Samson
Samson
travels to Gaza, where he stays at a harlot's house.[16][21] His enemies wait at the gate of the city to ambush him, but he tears the gate from its very hinges and frame and carries it to "the hill that is in front of Hebron".[16][21] He then falls in love with Delilah
Delilah
in the valley of Sorek.[16][18][21][22] The Philistines
Philistines
approach Delilah
Delilah
and induce her with 1,100 silver coins to find the secret of Samson's strength so that they can capture their enemy,[16][21] but Samson
Samson
refuses to reveal the secret and teases her, telling her that he will lose his strength if he is bound with fresh bowstrings.[16][21] She does so while he sleeps, but when he wakes up he snaps the strings.[16][21] She persists, and he tells her that he can be bound with new ropes. She ties him up with new ropes while he sleeps, and he snaps them, too.[16][21] She asks again, and he says that he can be bound if his locks are woven into a weaver's loom.[16][21] She weaves them into a loom, but he simply destroys the entire loom and carries it off when he wakes.[16][21] Delilah, however, persists and Samson
Samson
finally wears down and tells Delilah
Delilah
that God supplies his power because of his consecration to God as a Nazirite, symbolized by the fact that a razor has never touched his head, and that if his hair is cut off he will lose his strength.[23][24][16][22] Delilah
Delilah
then woos him to sleep "in her lap" and calls for a servant to shave his hair.[16] Samson
Samson
loses his strength and he is captured by the Philistines
Philistines
who blind him by gouging out his eyes.[16] They then take him to Gaza, imprison him, and put him to work turning a large millstone and grinding corn.[21]

Pushing or pulling?

According to the biblical narrative, Samson
Samson
died when he grasped two pillars of the Temple of Dagon
Dagon
and "bowed himself with all his might" (Judges 16:30, KJV). This has been variously interpreted as Samson pushing the pillars apart (left) or pulling them together (right).

Death[edit] One day, the Philistine leaders assemble in a temple for a religious sacrifice to Dagon, one of their most important deities, for having delivered Samson
Samson
into their hands.[21][25] They summon Samson
Samson
so that people can watch him perform for them. The temple is so crowded that people are even climbing onto the roof to watch—and all the rulers of the entire government of Philistia
Philistia
have gathered there too, some 3,000 people in all.[22][25][26] Samson
Samson
is led into the temple, and he asks his captors to let him lean against the supporting pillars to rest. He prays for strength and God gives him strength to break the pillars, causing the temple to collapse, killing him and the people inside.[27] After his death, Samson's family recovered his body from the rubble and bury him near the tomb of his father Manoah.[25] A tomb structure which some attribute to Samson
Samson
and his father stands on the top of the mountain in Tel Tzora.[28] At the conclusion of Judges 16, it is said that Samson
Samson
had "judged" Israel for twenty years.[19] The Bible does not mention the fate of Delilah.[22] Religious interpretations[edit] Rabbinic literature[edit]

The Blinded Samson
Samson
(1912) by Lovis Corinth

Main article: Samson
Samson
in rabbinic literature Rabbinic literature identifies Samson
Samson
with Bedan,[7] a Judge mentioned by Samuel
Samuel
in his farewell address (1 Samuel
Samuel
12:11) among the Judges who delivered Israel from their enemies.[29] However, the name "Bedan" is not found in the Book of Judges.[29] The name "Samson" is derived from the Hebrew word šemeš, which means "sun",[7][1][30] so that Samson
Samson
bore the name of God, who is called "a sun and shield" in Psalms 84:11;[7] and as God protected Israel, so did Samson
Samson
watch over it in his generation, judging the people even as did God.[7] Samson's strength was divinely derived (Talmud, Tractate Sotah 10a).[7][31] Jewish legend records that Samson's shoulders were sixty cubits broad.[7] (Many Talmudic commentaries, however, explain that this is not to be taken literally, for a person that size could not live normally in society. Rather, it means that he had the ability to carry a burden 60 cubits wide (approximately 30 meters) on his shoulders).[32] He was lame in both feet[33] but, when the spirit of God came upon him, he could step with one stride from Zorah
Zorah
to Eshtaol, while the hairs of his head arose and clashed against one another so that they could be heard for a like distance.[7][34] Samson was said to be so strong that he could uplift two mountains and rub them together like two clods of earth,[35] yet his superhuman strength, like Goliath's, brought woe upon its possessor.[7][36] In licentiousness, he is compared with Amnon
Amnon
and Zimri, both of whom were punished for their sins.[7][37] Samson's eyes were put out because he had "followed them" too often.[7][38] It is said that, in the twenty years during which Samson
Samson
judged Israel, he never required the least service from an Israelite,[39] and he piously refrained from taking the name of God in vain.[7] Therefore, as soon as he told Delilah
Delilah
that he was a Nazarite of God, she immediately knew that he had spoken the truth.[7][38] When he pulled down the temple of Dagon and killed himself and the Philistines, the structure fell backward so that he was not crushed, his family being thus enabled to find his body and to bury it in the tomb of his father.[7][40] In the Talmudic period, some seem to have denied that Samson
Samson
was a historical figure, regarding him instead as a purely mythological personage. This was viewed as heretical by the rabbis of the Talmud, and they attempted to refute this. They named Hazelelponi
Hazelelponi
as his mother in Numbers Rabbah
Numbers Rabbah
Naso 10 and in Bava Batra 91a and stated that he had a sister named "Nishyan" or "Nashyan".[7] Christian interpretations[edit]

Samson
Samson
in the Treadmill (1863) by Carl Bloch

Samson's story has also garnered commentary from a Christian perspective; the Epistle to the Hebrews
Epistle to the Hebrews
praises him for his faith.[41] Ambrose, following the portrayal of Josephus
Josephus
and Pseudo-Philo,[42] represents Delilah
Delilah
as a Philistine prostitute,[42] and declares that "men should avoid marriage with those outside the faith, lest, instead of love of one's spouse, there be treachery."[42] Caesarius of Arles interpreted Samson's death as prefiguring the crucifixion of Jesus,[42] remarking: "Notice here an image of the cross. Samson extends his hands spread out to the two columns as to the two beams of the cross."[42] He also equates Delilah
Delilah
with Satan,[42] who tempted Christ.[42] Following this trend, more recent Christian commentators have viewed Samson
Samson
as a type of Jesus
Jesus
Christ, based on similarities between Samson's story and the life of Jesus
Jesus
in the New Testament.[43][44] Samson's and Jesus' births were both foretold by angels,[43] who predicted that they would save their people.[43] Samson
Samson
was born to a barren woman,[43] and Jesus
Jesus
was born of a virgin.[43] Samson
Samson
defeated a lion; Jesus
Jesus
defeated Satan, whom the First Epistle of Peter describes as a "roaring lion looking for someone to devour".[45] Samson's betrayal by Delilah
Delilah
has also been compared to Jesus' betrayal by Judas Iscariot;[44] both Delilah
Delilah
and Judas were paid in pieces of silver for their respective deeds.[46] Ebenezer Cobham Brewer notes in his A Guide to Scripture History: The Old Testament that Samson
Samson
was "blinded, insulted [and] enslaved" prior to his death, and that Jesus was "blindfolded, insulted, and treated as a slave" prior to his crucifixion.[47] Brewer also compares Samson's death among "the wicked" with Christ being crucified between two thieves.[47] Scholarly interpretations[edit]

Samson
Samson
Slaying the Lion (1628) by Peter Paul Rubens

Academics have interpreted Samson
Samson
as a demigod (such as Heracles
Heracles
or Enkidu) enfolded into Jewish religious lore,[48] or as an archetypical folk hero.[30] In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some comparative mythologists interpreted Samson
Samson
as a euhemerized solar deity,[49][50][51][30] arguing that Samson's name is derived from the Hebrew word šemeš, meaning "sun",[30][1] and that his long hair might represent the sun's rays.[30] These solar theorists also pointed out that the legend of Samson
Samson
is set within the general vicinity of Beth Shemesh, a village whose name means "Temple of the Sun".[30] They argued that the name Delilah
Delilah
may have been a wordplay with the Hebrew word for night, layla, which "consumes" the day.[52] Although this hypothesis is still sometimes promoted in scholarly circles,[30] it has generally fallen out of favor due to the superficiality of supporting evidence.[30] An interpretation far more popular among current scholars holds that Samson
Samson
is a Hebrew variant of the same international Near Eastern folk hero which inspired the earlier Mesopotamian Enkidu
Enkidu
and the later Greek Heracles
Heracles
(and, by extension, his Roman Hercules adaptation).[53][30][1] Heracles
Heracles
and Samson
Samson
both slew a lion bare-handed (the former killed the Nemean lion).[30][1] Likewise, they were both believed to have once been extremely thirsty and drunk water which poured out from a rock,[53] and to have torn down the gates of a city.[53] They were both betrayed by a woman ( Heracles
Heracles
by Deianira, Samson
Samson
by Delilah),[30] who led them to their respective dooms.[30] Both heroes, champions of their respective peoples, die by their own hands:[30] Heracles
Heracles
ends his life on a pyre; whereas Samson
Samson
makes the Philistine temple collapse upon himself and his enemies.[30] In this interpretation, the annunciation of Samson's birth to his mother is a censored account of divine conception.[53] Samson
Samson
also strongly resembles Shamgar,[30] another hero mentioned in the Book of Judges,[30] who, in Judges 3:31, is described as having slain 600 Philistines
Philistines
with an ox-goad.[30]

A monument of Samson
Samson
in Poland

These views are disputed by traditional and conservative biblical scholars who consider Samson
Samson
to be a literal historical figure and thus reject any connections to mythological heroes.[30] The concept of Samson
Samson
as a "solar hero" has been described as "an artificial ingenuity".[54] Joan Comay, co-author of Who's Who in the Bible: The Old Testament and the Apocrypha, The New Testament, believes that the biblical story of Samson
Samson
is so specific concerning time and place that Samson
Samson
was undoubtedly a real person who pitted his great strength against the oppressors of Israel.[55] In contrast, James King West considers that the hostilities between the Philistines
Philistines
and Hebrews appear to be of a "purely personal and local sort".[56] He also considers that Samson
Samson
stories have, in contrast to much of Judges, an "almost total lack of a religious or moral tone".[56] Conversely, Elon Gilad of Haaretz
Haaretz
writes "some biblical stories are flat-out cautions against marrying foreign women, none more than the story of Samson".[57] Gilad notes how Samson's parents disapprove of his desire to marry a Philistine woman and how Samson's relationship with Delilah leads to his demise.[57] He contrasts this with what he sees as a more positive portrayal of intermarriage in the Book of Ruth.[57] In August 2012, archaeologists from Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv University
announced the discovery of a circular stone seal,[58] approximately 15 millimetres in diameter,[58] which was found on the floor of a house at Beth Shemesh[58] and appears to depict a long-haired man slaying a lion.[58] The seal is dated to the 12th century BCE.[58] Professor Shlomo Bunimovitz, a co-director of the dig, was reported as saying that the artifact helps "anchor the story [of Samson] in an archaeological setting."[58] Zvi Lederman, the other co-director of the dig, believes that Beth Shemesh was a cultural meeting point on the border of Israelite, Canaanite, and Philistine areas[58] and calls the stories of Samson "border sagas",[58] noting that Samson
Samson
could cross boundaries to seek out a Philistine wife, but also to fight and kill Philistines:[58] "When you cross the border, you have to fight the enemy and you encounter dangerous animals. You meet bad things. These are stories of contact and conflict, of a border that is more cultural than political."[58] According to Haaretz, "excavation directors Prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz and Dr. Zvi Lederman of Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv University
say they do not suggest that the human figure on the seal is the biblical Samson. Rather, the geographical proximity to the area where Samson lived, and the time period of the seal, show that a story was being told at the time of a hero who fought a lion, and that the story eventually found its way into the biblical text and onto the seal."[59] Cultural influence[edit]

Statue of Samson
Samson
and the lion in Peterhof, Russia

Samson
Samson
parade Mauterndorf, Austria

Main article: Cultural references to Samson As an important biblical character, Samson
Samson
has been referred to in popular culture and depicted in a vast array of films, artwork, and popular literature. John Milton's closet drama Samson Agonistes
Samson Agonistes
is an allegory for the downfall of the Puritans
Puritans
and the restoration of the English monarchy[60] in which the blinded and imprisoned Samson represents Milton himself,[60] the "Chosen People" represent the Puritans,[60] and the Philistines
Philistines
represent the English Royalists.[60] The play combines elements of ancient Greek tragedy and biblical narrative.[61] Samson
Samson
is portrayed as a hero,[62] whose violent actions are mitigated by the righteous cause in whose name they are enacted.[62] The play casts Delilah
Delilah
as an unrepentant, but sympathetic, deceiver[63] and speaks approvingly of the subjugation of women.[63] In 1735, George Frideric Handel
George Frideric Handel
wrote the opera Samson,[64] with a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton, based on Samson
Samson
Agonistes.[64] The opera is almost entirely set inside Samson's prison[64] and Delilah only briefly appears in Act II.[64] In 1877, Camille Saint-Saëns composed the opera Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
with a libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire in which the entire story of Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
is retold.[64] In the libretto, Delilah
Delilah
is portrayed as a seductive femme fatale,[64] but the music played during her parts invokes sympathy for her.[64] The 1949 biblical drama Samson
Samson
and Delilah, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Victor Mature
Victor Mature
and Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr
in the titular roles, was widely praised by critics for its cinematography, lead performances, costumes, sets, and innovative special effects.[65] It became the highest-grossing film of 1950,[66] and was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two.[67] According to Variety, the film portrays Samson
Samson
as a stereotypical "handsome but dumb hulk of muscle".[68] Samson
Samson
has been especially honored in Russian artwork[69] because the Russians defeated the Swedes in the Battle of Poltava
Battle of Poltava
on the feast day of St. Sampson, whose name is homophonous with Samson's.[69] The lion slain by Samson
Samson
was interpreted to represent Sweden, as a result of the lion's placement on the Swedish coat of arms.[69] In 1735, C. B. Rastrelli's bronze statue of Samson
Samson
slaying the lion was placed in the center of the great cascade of the fountain at Peterhof Palace
Peterhof Palace
in Saint Petersburg.[69] Samson
Samson
is the emblem of Lungau, Salzburg[70] and parades in his honor are held annually in ten villages of the Lungau
Lungau
and two villages in the north-west Styria
Styria
(Austria).[70] During the parade, a young bachelor from the community carries a massive figure made of wood or aluminum said to represent Samson.[70] The tradition, which was first documented in 1635,[70] was entered into the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria in 2010.[70][71] Samson
Samson
is one of the giant figures at the "Ducasse" festivities, which take place at Ath, Belgium.[72]

See also[edit]

Gilgamesh Samson
Samson
Option Samson
Samson
Unit Shamash Strength (Tarot card)

Notes[edit]

^ Greek: Σαμψών

References[edit]

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Midrash Genesis Rabbah
xcviii. 18 ^ Ben Yehoyada and Maharal, in commentary to Talmud, tractate "sotah" 10a ^ (Talmud tractate Sotah 10a) ^ Midrash Leviticus Rabbah
Leviticus Rabbah
viii. 2 ^ (ibid.; Sotah 9b) ^ Midrash Eccl. Rabbah
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Samson
(1887) by Solomon Solomon, National Museums Liverpool

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Cultural depictions

Art

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Samson Slaying a Philistine
(Giambologna) The Blinding of Samson
The Blinding of Samson
(Rembrandt) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(Rubens) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(van Dyck, 1620) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(van Dyck, 1630)

Comics

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Film

Samson
Samson
(1914) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(1922) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(1949) Samson
Samson
(1961) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(1984) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(1996) Samson
Samson
(2018)

Literature

Samson Agonistes
Samson Agonistes
(Milton)

Music

Samson
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(Handel) Samson
Samson
and Delilah
Delilah
(Saint-Saëns) " Samson
Samson
and Delilah" (traditional song) "Sam and Delilah" (Gershwin) "Samson" (Emly Starr) "Delilah" (The Dresden Dolls) "Samson" (Regina Spektor)

Television

Samson
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& Goliath

Other

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