[b-hebrew] Samson at Gaza - Judges 16:1

Bryant J. Williams III bjwvmw at com-pair.net
Tue Aug 14 13:58:51 EDT 2007


Dear Dave,

I agree with your assessment of the period of the Judges, but I would say that
there is a downward spiral of the leadership, the Levites AND the people. There
was a total meltdown. The best example would be the problems with the near
destruction of an entire tribe in chapters 19-21. The recurring phrases of
"there was no king in Israel" and "every one did right in his own eyes" indicate
that "Keeping the Law of Moses" (including Deuteronomy) was not being done. It
continues in Ruth and I & II Samuel (books also written to justify the Davidic
legitimacy over Israel).

It is quite evident that the men judges were somewhat effective in ending the
captivity of the various tribes, but were seriously flawed as has been
mentioned. The one real exception to all the Judges was Deborah. (Does NOT put
us men in a very good light does it?) But that is what the Word of God has
always done: to show the truth about all mankind with all their sinfulness
including Abraham (lying), Isaac (lying; stubbornness), Jacob/Israel (too
numerous to count), the Sons of Jacob (same as Jacob), Moses (murder; anger),
David (adultery, anger, murder), etc., yet most of them are written in the Hall
of Faith in Hebrew 11.

En Xristwi,

Rev. Bryant J. Williams III
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Washburn" <dwashbur at nyx.net>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Samson at Gaza - Judges 16:1


> That was me, actually, who mentioned the commentary, and I hope I made it
> clear that I don't agree with that assessment.  One thing that I think
> gives the HB narratives a ring of truth is the fact that the characters
> are real people: flawed, fumbling, making mistakes, disobeying, being
> dunderheads at times.  I have already given my view, that the work of
> Samson against the Philistines sets up the narrative, heading toward the
> books of Samuel, for the rise of the Davidic kingdom.  I don't really see
> a "downward spiral" in leadership, especially considering that there was
> probably some overlap in the terms of the various judges (see my paper
> "The Chronology of Judges: Another Look", Bibliotheca Sacra, Oct. 1990).
>
> On Tue, August 14, 2007 8:12 am, Jerry Shepherd wrote:
> > Hi George
> >
> > I appreciate this slight corrective to your earlier post.  Perhaps
> > "profligate" was too harsh a word to use in the commentary you referred
> > to.  But, of course, he was no paragon of virtue either.  And I still
> > think he is part of the picture that the author of Judges paints of
> > deteriorating leadership, the "downward spiral."
> >
> > Blessings,
> >
> > Jerry
> >
> > Dr. Jerry E. Shepherd
> > Associate Professor of Old Testament
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> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> > [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of George Athas
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:41 AM
> > To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> > Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Samson at Gaza - Judges 16:1
> >
> > The NT sees Samson as a 'hero of faith'. See Hebrews 11.32.
> >
> > My impression is that the Judges narrative paints Samson as a flawed
> > character, but it does the same for others like Jephthah and Gideon. In
> > that
> > regard, these three judges, for whom we have extended narratives, are
> > all in
> > the same basket. I note that Hebrews 11.32 also mentions Gideon and
> > Jephthah
> > (and also Barak).
> >
> >
> > Best Regards,
> >
> > GEORGE ATHAS
> > Moore Theological College (Sydney)
> > 1 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042, Australia
> > Ph: (+61 2) 9577 9774
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> > [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Calvin
> > Lindstrom
> > Sent: Tuesday, 14 August 2007 6:52 AM
> > To: B Hebrew <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Samson at Gaza - Judges 16:1
> > Importance: Low
> >
> >
> > James Jordan has a very interesting commentary on Judges that goes
> > against the typical Protestant and pietistic view.
> >
> > It is available at:
> >
> > http://www.entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/21ee_47e.htm
> >
> > Calvin Lindstrom
> > Church of Christian Liberty
> > Arlington Heights, IL
> > www.christianliberty.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Aug 13, 2007, at 3:21 PM, Dave Washburn wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> On Mon, August 13, 2007 12:47 pm, Yigal Levin wrote:
> >>> Dear Bruce,
> >>>
> >> [snip]
> >>> Your comment about "Christendom paints Samson as a bad man" is
> >>> interesting.
> >>> How representative is that statement of different Christian
> >>> denominations.
> >> [snip]
> >>
> >> It's pretty thoroughly representative from what I've seen.  Most
> >> Christian-based commentaries paint him as a failure in his mission,
> >> and
> >> see women as the cause of his downfall.  I disagree wholeheartedly,
> >> and in
> >> 1992 I presented a paper to the ETS annual meeting arguing that
> >> Samson's
> >> problem wasn't lust, but loneliness.  As for his mission, the
> >> oracle his
> >> father is said to have received said he would "begin to" deliver
> >> Israel
> >> from the Philistine oppression; I see this as setting things up for
> >> the
> >> rise of the davidic dynasty which ultimately (according to the
> >> text) threw
> >> off the Philistine yoke and established an independent kingdom.
> >> Viewed in
> >> this wider context, his mission wasn't a failure at all.
> >>
> >> However, I'm far from representative of the average Christian
> >> commentator.
> >>  It's much more common to see him described in terms such as "the
> >> profligate judge" as one commentary put it.
> >>
> >>> ----- Original Message -----
> >>> From: "Bruce Prince" <bruceprince at bigpond.com>
> >>> To: "b-Hebrew List" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> >>> Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 10:18 PM
> >>> Subject: [b-hebrew] Samson at Gaza - Judges 16:1
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>> Folks
> >>>>
> >>>> Not being very good at understanding the intricate details of
> >>>> Biblical
> >>>> Hebrew, I'm wondering if you can help me understand what is going
> >>>> on in
> >>>> this
> >>>> verse?
> >>>>
> >>>> Generally, Christendom paints Samson as a bad man, but I'm not
> >>>> convinced.
> >>>> Even whilst staying in Gaza, the power of the Lord was upon him
> >>>> as he
> >>>> heaved
> >>>> those massive gates out of their foundation and up the hill. God's
> >>>> purpose
> >>>> for Samson was to rile the Philistines - a task he seemed
> >>>> particularly
> >>>> adapted to.
> >>>>
> >>>> Samson's reputation had gone before him to this city, and I'm
> >>>> wondering
> >>>> if
> >>>> he was simply using the home of the harlot as a place of abode in
> >>>> much
> >>>> the
> >>>> same way that the spies used Rahab's home in Jericho.
> >>>>
> >>>> Does the Hebrew of this verse undeniably state that Samson had
> >>>> intercourse
> >>>> with the harlot? Verse 3 states that he lay until midnight; it
> >>>> doesn't
> >>>> say
> >>>> that he lay with her.
> >>>>
> >>>> I'd appreciate any views.
> >>>>
> >>>> Thanks
> >>>>
> >>>> Bruce Prince
> >>>> Australia
> >>>>
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