Story of Samson – Book of Judges: Chapter 13

as re-told & illustrated by Nick Dupree

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Panel 1: And there was one man from Zorah, from the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and had not borne.  13.2

I imagined her bringing home a fish.

Panel 2: And an angel of the Lord appeared to the woman¹ and said to her…    13.3

Panel 3: “Behold now, you are barren, and have not borne; and you shall conceive and bear a son.

Panel 4: 13.4   “Consequently, beware now, and do not drink wine or strong drink, and do not eat any unclean thing

…Because you shall conceive, and bear a son.”

Panel 5: “…and a razor shall not come upon his head, for a Nazirite² to God shall the lad be from the womb; and he will begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”

Panel 6: And the woman came and said to her husband, saying,,”A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of an angel of God, very awesome; and I did not ask him from where he was and his name he did not tell me.”  13.6

Panel 7: And Manoah entreated the Lord, and said, “Please, O Lord, the man of God whom You sent, let him come now again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the lad that will be born.”  13.8

Panel 8: And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again…”  13.9

 

Footnotes

1. Manoah’s wife is never named, just called “The Woman”
2. The vows of the Nazirite are three,, to never come in contact with the dead to never cut their hair, and to never consume wine, grapes, or related products. Sages & rabbanim (“rabbis”) disagree on whether the nazirite vows are to yoke a person with unusually strong tendencies or aid an exceptionally good one, but they agree the nazir is a special path for the unusual, intense…