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Old Testament Essays

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Old testam. essays vol.25 n.2 Pretoria  2012

 

Judges 14:4' Yahweh uses Samson to provoke the Philistines

 

 

Stuart J. Foster

University of Stellenbosch

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

Judges 14:4 presents an often overlooked hermeneutical key to the Samson story. It declares that Yahweh intended Samson's mission to provoke conflict between Israelites and Philistines. The context is potential Israelite assimilation to impressive, attractive Philistine society. The verse is set in context and analyzed in detail, including the hapax noun.


 

 

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Correspondence:
Stuart J. Foster
Research Associate
University of Stellenbosch
SIM Mozambique, Gurué, Zambézia, Mozambique
Email: stuart.foster@sim.org