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Die rol van die ouers van Simson in die Simsonsage (Rigters 13-16))

J.H. Coetzee

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 17, No 2 (1996), 292-305. doi: 10.4102/ve.v17i2.518

Submitted: 21 April 1996
Published:  21 April 1996


The role of  the parents of Samson in the Samson saga (Judges 13-16) The  parents  of Samson,  Manoah  and his  wife,  play  an  important  literary and  theological  role  not  only  in  Judges  13  where  they  act  as  main characters,  but  also  in  the  rest  of  the  saga  where  they  occur  in  a diminishing  role.  By means  of  the  interaction  between  the  characters and the  underlying  motifs  originating  from  them  (especially  the  parents), Samson's  conduct  in  relationship  with  his parents  becomes an  illustration of  the  tension found  in  the  life of  the people of  Israel,  viz.  that between the orderly social  institutions  on  the  one  hand and the  natural non-traditional forces  in a developing society on the other hand.

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