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In the Book of Joshua: Joshua
In the Book of Judges: OthnielEhudShamgarDeborahBarak† • GideonAbimelech† • TolaJairJephthahIbzanElonAbdonSamson
In First Samuel: EliSamuel

Not explicitly described as a judge


Samson, Shimshon (Hebrew: שמשון, Standard Šimšon Tiberian Šimšôn, meaning "man of the sun"[1] or Shamshoun شمشون (Arabic) or Sampson Σαμψών (Greek)) is the third to last of the Judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) (Book of Judges chapters 13 to 16).[2][3][4]

Samson is a Herculean figure, who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans:[5] wrestling a lion,[4][6][clarification needed][7][8] slaying an entire army with only a jawbone of an ass,[3][4][7][8][9] and destroying a temple.[2][4][8]

Samson is believed to have been buried in Tel Tzora in Israel overlooking the Sorek valley. There reside two large gravestones of Samson and his father Manoah. Nearby stands Manoah’s altar (Judges 13:19-24).[10] It is located between the cities of Zorah and Eshtaol.[11]

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