The birth of Samson (Judg 13:24-13:25)

“The woman bore a son. She named him Samson. The boy grew. Yahweh blessed him. The Spirit of Yahweh began to stir in him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.”

Samson is close to the Hebrew word for sun. He may have been seen as a mini-sun god among the Israelites. Mahaneh-dan is southwest of Jerusalem. Manoah was in the town of Zorah and part of the vanishing tribe of Dan. However, Mahaneh-dan seems a little bit away from it. This is where the Spirit of Yahweh began to stir in Samson.

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