reply to post by manykapao
To continue with what I was going with, it is interesting to note that Delilah cuts seven locks of Samson's hair while he slept. As dontreally said,
her name, darkness cuts his strength, his name meaning sunlight, or for all intent and purpose his light was weakened by his passions darkness. He was
weakened enough to be captured and all of his wisdom stripped of him. After he was captured he was shaved, but the temptress started the weakening by
cutting seven locks of hair, seven spiritual outgrowths of his wisdom and strength of God.
Yes, Shimshon, from the Hebrew Shemesh 'sun'.
I think it's important not to forget the anthropological setting of this interesting biblical narrative. The Book of Judges, when analyzed from
beginning to end, not only outlines cases of an important spiritual psychology, but more generally, when the book is taken as a whole, it makes some
pertinent political judgements, since the whole idea of the book is contained in the books name - shoftim (judges) - which is necessarily political.
The book begins with 'everyone doing what was good in their eyes', which, as many have noted, is a statement of anarchism. But by the time we reach
the period of Samson, the society seems to be in moral disarray. The book seems to be saying that without formal laws, i.e. in the form of the Torah
of Israel (particularly it's 10 commandments, which in my opinion, are an extremely healthy prescription for spiritual awareness), what begins as well
intentioned, eventually becomes degraded. The natural trajectory of nature is towards entropy, and only laws, or regularity, or constant reminders in
the form of 'laws', keep the people on the spiritual ball.
By the end of the book, the people come to Samuel and demand a monarchy. Ironically, Samuel, whose sons were known for their corruption, still felt
anarchy would be preferable - despite the corruption of his progeny. Samuel, perhaps typifying the mentality of those spiritual 'elect', doesn't seem
to care too much, reminding one of the laxity of the high priest Eli whose own indolence towards the spiritual well being of others led to the
'capture' of the ark of the covenant by the philistines.
When Samuel inquires of what God thinks of the peoples demands, God tells him to assent to the peoples wishes - which seems to be a sanction of
And of course, the Bible shows not compunction about showing all the dark sides of human nature. David was a great king, but Solomon took it too far;
his corruption led to the corruption of rehovoam which led to the split in the kingdom of Israel.
It is possible to say that his natural state with God, his purity was his strength since his being dedicated to God since before his birth is no
different than all of mans purpose in being created to serve God. When we stray from our purity we lose our strength in God and so our purpose.
Exactly. That is exactly the theological idea running beneath the narrative. And that's precisely why the Philistines are taken as an archetype of the
opposite approach. They become the archetype of spiritual corruption.
One day I'm gonna write up a commentary on the book, and perhaps the book of Judges as a whole.
Like Samson, Gilgamesh had to surrender to his true nature and accept his death in order to be restored.
That might be the significance of his death under the walls of the temple.. I don't know. I haven't read the book in over a year, so I'm a little hazy
about the details.
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