Samson: Hero or Fool?: The Many Faces of Samson

Samson: Hero or Fool?: The Many Faces of Samson


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Samson: Hero or Fool?: The Many Faces of Samson by Erik M.M. Eynikel

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

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ISBN-13: 9789004262171
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Series: Themes in Biblical Narrative , #17
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Erik Eynikel, STD (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 1989), Professor for Biblical Languages at the University of Regensburg (Germany) has published on the Deuteronomistic History and Lexicography of the Septuagint. He is the editor of foreign language editions of the International Bible Commentary (University of Dallas)

Tobias Nicklas, Ph.D. (2000), Habilitation (2004), is Chair of New Testament at the Faculty of Theology, University of Regensburg. He has published widely on New Testament and Christian apocryphal texts, New Testament hermeneutics and textual history.

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