as re-told & illustrated by Nick Dupree
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Notes: Manoah’s wife/Samson’s mother is named in Talmudic commentaries as Zelelponit or Hazelelponit, daughter of the tribe of Judah (source). But, as mentioned in my footnotes on page 1, Manoah’s wife is NEVER named in the story itself, which is really weird since far less pivotal Biblical women in the Tanakh—AKA Hebrew Bible or “Old Testament”—have names: for example Orpah, who doesn’t really do anything.  The similar miraculous conception narrative in 1 Samuel, with the “barren wife,” Hannah, promising any upcoming son would be a Nazirite, named the mother (Hannah).  Why Samson’s mother and first wife don’t get names, but Delilah does, is a mystery to me.

The core of illustrating these verses was “the angel did wonderously”… how did he do wonderously?  how should I depict that?

I decided doing wonderously would be sprouting butterfly wings, prior to the verses when the angel rises to heaven in a pillar of fire from the burnt-offering.


Panel 1: And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman shall she beware. From all that comes out of the grapevine she shall not eat, and wine or strong drink she may not drink… all that I commanded her, shall she observe.”

The cartoon Manoah reacts, “uh, want some goat?”

And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “Let us take you in now, and prepare for you a kid goat.”


Panel 2: And the angel of the Lord said to Manoah, “If you take me in I will not eat of your bread, and if you will make a burnt-offering, you must offer it to the Lord;” For Manoah did not know that he was an angel of the Lord.  13.16

The angel sprouts wings.

Panel 3:  And Manoah took the kid goat and the meal-offering, and offered it upon the rock to the Lord; and (the angel) did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on. 13.19

The angel begins to fly up near the rock. 

Panel 4: And it was, when the flame went up from upon the altar toward heaven…  13.20

Panel 5: and the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar.

I pictured the angel blending into the smoke and flame. 

Panel 6: And Manoah and his wife looked on, and they fell on their faces to the ground.  13.20

Panel 7: And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God.”  13.22