Israeli archaeologists uncover seal lending credence to Biblical Samsonís existence (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) BY CHARLIE WELLS 08/01/12)
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Have they sealed the deal on Samson?
A team of Israeli archaeologists have discovered an ancient artifact
which some believe may lend credence to the existence of the Biblical
Excavation directors Prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz and Dr. Zvi Lederman of
Tel Aviv University found a small, circular seal just outside
Jerusalem in the Beit Shemesh tell in the Judaean Hills which
supports Samsonís powerful story.
The seal depicts a feline figure attacking a human, who sports what
appears to be long hair.
The piece was excavated in a layer of earth which dates to the 11th
century, when the Jews were ruled by Judges, including Samson.
Samson, as the Bible has it, maintained superhuman strength given to
him by God in his long tresses. He discovered this power after
killing a lion with his bare hands.
Samson also battled the Philistines. Tellingly, this seal was
discovered near the ancient border between the territory of the
Israelites and the Philistines, according to The Telegraph.
In the Bible, Samsonís strength is captured by the seductive Delilah,
who ultimately cuts the manís long hair and facilitates his
imprisonment by the Philistines.
Despite these circumstances, Bunimovitz and Lederman do not claim
that the figure on the seal is necessarily ďtheĒ Samson.
Rather, they use the object to argue that the people living in the
area where it was discovered had a story about a man strong enough to
fight a lion. This story, they posit, eventually wound its way into
the Bible, and onto the seal, according to Israeliís daily newspaper,
Haaretz .(© Copyright 2011 NYDailyNews.com. 08/01/12)
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