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The biblical hero Samson, who overcame the hostile Philistines due to his superhuman strength and finally caused his own downfall with his acts of revenge, has been part of Jewish imagination since antiquity. Competing interpretations of central issues of Jewish existence have been linked to him, such as the contrast between action and passivity, power and impotence, individual action and sim…

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Gillerman, Sharon, “Samson”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0769>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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