War: This Calls for ……..

*** This Calls for War ***

 

Samson arrives late in the period of the judges. It is not entirely certain when, exactly, he appears, but his particular fight is with the Philistines, the same foe that plagues Israel through much of the books of Samuel. This is the latter of the enemies dealt with in Judges, and thus Samson would have been in this period as well. Recent work on the chronology of this period suggests that Samson and Samuel are actually the same age. Indeed, if the “house” full of Philistine lords and princes was actually the temple of Dagon (Jdg. 16), as many commentators suggest, then this would had to have happened after the capture of the ark in 1 Samuel 4–5 when it was placed in the temple of Dagon. Samson would have been around during this time, then. The narrative of Samson begins by noting that the Israelites had rebelled and God had delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for 40 years. This period appears to have ended at the battle of Ebenezer (1 Sam. 7) which concludes saying that the Philistines were defeated and never entered within the borders of the land of Israel again.[3]

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