July 29, 2014

Delilah Revealed Facts

  • The Bible’s portrayal of the Philistines has tarnished modern day perceptions of these ancient peoples. Today, to be called a “Philistine” would be considered an insult, synonymous with being uncivilized and uncultured. In actual fact, archaeological evidence presents a vibrant, culturally advanced Iron Age civilization.

  • Samson seemed to have a soft spot for the exotic Philistine women. He marries a Philistine girl from Timnah (Judges 14) and has a brief dalliance with a harlot from Gaza (Judges 16) before his fatal romance with the seductive Delilah (Judges 16).

  • Ramses III’s great battle with the “Sea Peoples” is portrayed on the walls of his mortuary temple at Medinet Habu in Upper Egypt.

  • Bichrome ware is a hallmark of the sophistication of Philistine culture. This distinctive pottery is often adorned with red paint, including stylized motifs of birds and elaborate geometric forms.

  • Ashkelon was a main Philistine center during the Canaanite era (2000 – 1200 BCE), is the oldest and largest seaport in Israel.

  • In the Bible, a Nazarite is a person who dedicates himself to God by taking a special vow. He must abstain from wine and intoxicating drinks, never cut his hair, and avoid dead bodies. Samson and John the Baptist were both Nazarites.

  • Thanks to the discovery of two city gates, archaeologists have determined that the Iron Age settlement of Khirbet Qeiyafa is actually ancient Sha’arayim, a city mentioned in the Bible. The term “Sha’arayim” means “two gates” in Hebrew.

  • The human skull is composed of 22 bones.

  • Although Sir Arthur Evans is credited with unearthing and excavating the palace at Knossos, the ruins were initially excavated by Minos Kalokairinos in 1878.

  • The American method of facial reconstruction uses tissue depth markers, which are placed according to measurements dependent on age, sex, and ethnic group in order to reconstruct a face.

  • The Biblical story of Samson and Delilah has inspired many great works of art, including the opera Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns.

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