Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

(1,148 words)

An elaborately rewritten version of the story of Samson as told in Judg 13–16 is found in Jos. Ant. 5.276–317. Samson is portrayed positively as a prophet and is praised for his courage, his worthy death, and the fact that he persisted in looking for revenge against his enemies. The story of Samson, especially the scene where he fears dying of thirst, also instructs the reader to put trust not in one’s own strength but in God. The writer (usually indicated as Pseudo-Philo) of the Liber Antiquitatum B…

Cite this page
Spronk, Klaas, “Samson”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲