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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.25 no.2 Pretoria  2012


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



Stuart J. Foster

University of Stellenbosch





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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Stuart J. Foster
Research Associate
University of Stellenbosch
SIM Mozambique, Gurué, Zambézia, Mozambique

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