History Literature / BookOfJudges

10th Jun '17 2:00:05 PM VicGeorge2011
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* WithholdingTheirName: When Samson's parents ask the Angel of the LORD what His real name is, the Angel refuses to answer, saying instead, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?” Other translations have Him say the name is "beyond understanding".
10th Jun '17 1:45:17 PM VicGeorge2011
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Israel is in a period of moral decline, but the gang rape, murder, and dismemberment of a Levite woman outrages just about everyone.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Israel is in a period of moral decline, but the gang rape, murder, and dismemberment of a Levite woman outrages just about everyone. Everyone, that is, except for the tribe of Benjamin, who refused to turn over the men responsible for the gang rape and murder, which leads to a CivilWar between them and the rest of Israel.
28th May '17 8:27:58 AM Specialist290
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%%* BadassPreacher: Ditto the above.

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%%* * BadassPreacher: Ditto the above. The judges themselves were spiritual leaders of their communities, and a few of them (namely Gideon) actually spoke with God Himself.
19th May '17 5:17:22 AM VicGeorge2011
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* OfferedTheCrown: The men of Israel offer Gideon kingship for saving them. Gideon refuses, but instead asks for enough gold so that he could make idols for himself.
12th May '17 9:25:06 PM Jeduthun
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* BloodyHilarious: The UndignifiedDeath of Eglon, who is [[AdiposeRex so fat]] that when he gets stabbed in the gut, the sword gets swallowed up by the blubber and Ehud has to leave it there.
3rd May '17 10:31:53 AM rafi
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* CowardlyLion: Barak. When he insists on Deborah accompanying him to the battle even though he has already been promised a victory, Deborah tells him that she'll come, but for demanding this he won't be the one to kill Sisera; a civilian woman named Jael will be.

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* CowardlyLion: CowardlyLion:
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Barak. When he insists on Deborah accompanying him to the battle even though he has already been promised a victory, Deborah tells him that she'll come, but for demanding this he won't be the one to kill Sisera; a civilian woman named Jael will be.
19th Apr '17 2:22:50 PM VicGeorge2011
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* EyeScream: Samson had his eyes taken out when he was captured by the Philistines shortly after his TraumaticHaircut. He would pay them back the favor by bringing the temple right down upon them in his self-sacrifice.
19th Apr '17 2:16:56 PM VicGeorge2011
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* CallBack: To Genesis, as with the case with the men of Sodom, the men of Gibeah in the land of Benjamin also harass a neighbor to bring out his guest so that they may "know" him.

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* CallBack: To Genesis, as with the case with the men of Sodom, the men of Gibeah in the land of Benjamin also harass a neighbor to bring out his guest so that they may "know" him. And their abuse also (in this case, almost) dooms the whole tribe of Benjamin to destruction.
17th Apr '17 2:57:48 PM VicGeorge2011
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* DownTheDrain: In some translations of Judges 3, this is how Ehud escaped after [[CrowningMomentOfFunny killing King Eglon]], who had defeated the Israelites, in a rather unusual manner.
13th Apr '17 11:25:06 AM DustSnitch
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* CherryTapping: Samson kills 1,000 '''Philistines''' ''[[BadWithTheBone with a donkey's jaw]]'', and then follows it up with a pun.



* HotBlooded: Samson was a Hot-Blooded WorldsStrongestMan who killed a ''thousand'' Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. After a deadly HumiliationConga that involved a certain [[TheVamp seductress]], a TraumaticHaircut ''and'' EyeScream, he [[TakingYouWithMe took down]] ''[[TakingYouWithMe thousands]]'' [[TakingYouWithMe more]] with him by breaking the pillars of a temple.



* IdiotBall: Samson finds some bees have made their hive in the corpse of a lion, so he eats some of the honey and gives the rest to his parents. The honey that came from a ''dead lion''. Especially bad since, as a Nazarite, he's not allowed to touch, let alone eat, anything that came from corpses.



* LoadBearingHero: Samson, though it's an inversion since he ''brings down the temple!'' He's still the hero, though. He also pulls up a set of city gates and walks away with them.



* UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming: The unnamed concubine of the Levite man is said to have run away from home and [[YourCheatingHeart fooled around with other guys]]...and then she is given by her husband to be gang-raped to death. The narrative is not shy about drawing a connection between her running away from her husband and (allegedly) being unfaithful to him, and her unfortunate demise.

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* UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming: The unnamed concubine of the Levite man is said to have run away from home and [[YourCheatingHeart fooled around with other guys]]...and then she is WorldsStrongestMan: Samson was given supernatural strength by her husband God. He could to be gang-raped to death. The narrative is not shy about drawing a connection between her running away from her husband and (allegedly) being unfaithful to him, and her unfortunate demise. stuff like beating an entire army with an donkeys jawbone.
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