Sunday school teachers and preachers told Samson’s and Delilah’s story like this:
“She was a vixen that tricked Samson. The end.”
But if we are talking about true accounts of the bible, it may have been more complex than that right?
These were real people, right? Is that what we’re assuming…?
Well, thank goodness for writers like Angela Hunt of the Beauty series. Her story about Samson and Delilah painted them in such a human light, that I can believe that version rather than the one I heard about.
When I compared Angela Hunt’s version to Scripture, I find that Samson was kind of a “ladies man” and the bible say he fell in love with Delilah. This was not some woman he met in two seconds and then she betrayed him…
Then again, I was not there.
Here is a snippet of my review from Goodreads,
Delilah is harmed by her own stepbrother, abused in every way and on top of that her mom has been sold into slavery. Surviving only off her wit and the help of a friendly few, Delilah finally settles down in Gaza but now she wants revenge. Enter Samson. The strongman. Everyone has heard about his mighty strength, even though he doesn’t look so strong. He meets Delilah one day and falls in love with her, but what happens when the taste of revenge is stronger than the taste of true love?
My Reaction: From the very first page of this book I was enthralled. The author captured the atmosphere of ancient Philistia very well(read more of my Delilah Review)
Here is my question to bookworms and Christians.
Has there ever been a time when a author captured the essence of the past so well, their version was more believable? Is it wrong to do this? Does it encourage you to do your own research or did you view it as healthy entertainment?
Too many questions, sorry.
*Book received for review from Netgalley
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