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Samson in Wikipedia
Samson, Shimshon (Hebrew: שמשון, Standard Šimšon Tiberian
Šimšôn, meaning "of the sun" – perhaps proclaiming he was
radiant and mighty – or "[One who] Serves [God]") or Shamshoun
شمشون (Arabic) or Sampson Σαμψών (Greek) is the third to last
of the Judges of the ancient Children of Israel mentioned in
the Tanakh (the Hebrew bible), and the Talmud. He is described
in the Book of Judges chapters 13 to 16.
The exploits of Samson also appear in Josephus's Antiquities
of the Jews, written in the last decade of the 1st Century AD,
as well as in works by Pseudo-Philo, written slightly earlier.
Samson is a Herculean figure, who is granted tremendous
strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats
unachievable by ordinary humans: wrestling a
lion, slaying an entire army with only a donkey
jawbone, and destroying a temple.
He is believed to have been buried in Tel Tzora in Israel
overlooking the Sorek valley. There reside two large
gravestones of Samson and his father Manoah. Nearby stands
Manoah’s altar (Judges 13:19-24). It is located between the
cities of Zorah and Eshtaol....