'Samson' can also refer to...

Charles Rumney Samson (1883—1931) air force officer

Edmé Samson

Ivo Samson

Jeanne Samson Katz

Joseph-Isidore Samson (1793—1871)

Leela Samson (1951)

Samson (1135—1211) abbot of Bury St Edmunds

Samson (c. 1058—1112) bishop of Worcester


Samson Agonistes

Samson and Delilah

Samson ben Abraham of Sens (d. 1214)

Samson et Dalila

Samson Fox (1838—1903) mechanical and chemical engineer, and benefactor

Samson François (1924—1970)

Samson Gideon (1699—1762) financier

Samson (heavy metal)

Samson (jazz rock)

Samson Occom (1723—1792) leader of the Mohegan Indians and Presbyterian clergyman

Samson Olabowale Dosunmu (c. 1914—1991) gambler and nightclub proprietor

Samson Pine

Samson porcelain

samson post

Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808—1888)

Samson Raphaelson (1896—1983)

St Samson (c. 485—565) bishop (possibly of Dol in Brittany)


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One of the Israelite judges, of the tribe of Dan (Judg. 13: 24–16: 31). He was a Nazirite, but sat lightly to his vows (Judg. 14: 8–10). He carried on a mostly individual battle against the Philistines. The stories of Samson's erotic attachment to women are legendary. They include the discovery by Delilah of the secret of his astonishing strength, which lay in his uncut hair. When it was shorn, he was captured and blinded, but in a last display of strength, as his hair grew, he seized the pillars which supported the house where the Philistines were celebrating, and died together with his mocking captors (Judg. 16: 4–31). The story of Samson was used by Handel for his oratorio, and there are many great pictures (by Rubens, Rembrandt, Reni) in the art galleries of London and other cities.

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