…with the Bible can get you into trouble.
I’ve not been watching much of the new mini-series on TV about the Bible, Hollywood can’t get history right, and I doubt they’ll do much better with the Bible.
The Ten Commandments ends with Pharaoh over looking his army drowning in the Red Sea. The Bible seems to tell me otherwise.
And Charlton Heston was about as Jewish as Osama bin Ladin, so it puzzles me a tad that there is an UProar because the Samson in the Bible mini-series was played by a black man.
A huge black man at that! Samson was huge. He had super-human strength provided to him by God through his long hair, and was betrayed by a woman – he made terrible choices in the love category. Delilah was a total skank who cost him his life.
And he never did settle down with a nice Jewish girl!
But, was Samson black? Maybe, maybe not.
His father was Manoah, a son of the tribe of Dan, which clearly indicates that he was of Jewish lineage. Samson was the third to the last of the Judges in the Bible before Israel disobeyed God and demanded a King.
They got Saul, another big guy.
But, back to the Black Samson v. White Samson issue.
Samson wasn’t white. Israelites at that time were dark, much like the Arabs we see today. So, he was at the very least, tan, or bronze, or dark-ish.
His mother is an un-named woman.
She was another woman in the Bible who struggled with infertility. We don’t know how long she was barren but in Judges 13:3 we read that an angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her that she was barren but that,“thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.” The angel also told her,
“…drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.” (Judges 13: 4-5)
She is never named. Ever. We don’t know where she was from, so she could have been African, Phoenician, Greek, Jewish, or a member of the Royal Family…we DON”T know.
And it doesn’t matter.
Samson was a man, a man with the same faults as any man. The fact that all of the women he fell for made his life worse is a page from any century, not just “Biblical” times.
What does matter is that they get the story right. Which I doubt they will.
I can’t wait to see what color Jesus is!