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Samson and Samuel: Two Examples of Leadership

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This chapter determines whether Samson can be called a judge. To answer this question it formulates a number of elements, which return in every judge-cycle. These elements are used to establish to what extent Samson fits into the pattern that is used to describe judges. The chapter proposes a reason why Samson is portrayed in this way. It suggests that the central theme of the book of Judges is leadership. The chapter deals with the question: what function the example of Samson has in this range of experiments with leadership? It contrasts Samson with Samuel to show that Samson is portrayed as an example of flawed leadership. Looking at the elements of the recurring pattern which is used to tell the stories of the judges, one can conclude that Samson was not a judge. In the Book of Judges it seems that the judge-system has failed.

Keywords: judge-system; leadership; Samson; Samuel



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