Have you ever wondered about Samson and Delilah? For years I thought Delilah was just a naturally evil person who cut off all of Samson’s hair causing him to lose the strength God had given him, but the Bible doesn’t give many details about her life and time with Samson. Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt gave me a whole different, personal and fictional to a point, but very based on the Biblical details that are available for this infamous Bible couple. I enjoy reading books like this when they are closely based on characters in the Bible and the customs of that time because it gives me more of a view of who the person might have been and what might have been the motive behind their actions.
Most of us know the story of Samson, he is a strongman who is a Nazarite from conception. No strong drink was to part his lips and no razor was to touch his hair and his life was to be dedicated to helping the Israelites flee the oppression of the Philistines. Samson also seemed to have a weakness for beautiful women, given that there were 3 women specifically mentioned in the Bible passage concerning him. 1 woman was his undoing- Delilah. Not much is said about Delilah’s past. We know that Samson fell in love with her and she was bribed by silver to find the source of Samson’s strength so that the Philistines could overcome him. Which ultimately led to him being captured and his eyes gorged out and him receiving one last burst of strength from God allowing him to push down the pillars in the pagan temple, which killed all the people inside, including him.
This novel sticks very closely to the Biblical events that are there, but adds what could have been Delilah’s past and causing her to act the way she did. Perhaps she wasn’t a naturally evil person and did have some unfortunate events that happened to her that, while she did love Samson, caused her to have to choose between her love for him and betrayal to him. We don’t know what kind of beliefs Delilah came from or if Samson had any influence of his beliefs on her. In Delilah: Treacherous Beauty, some of these factors are explored in a fictional way. I especially enjoyed the ending where the writer encourages us to imagine Delilah eventually turning her life over to God.
Angela Hunt has done a wonderful job writing this book. With having a doctorate in Biblical Studies and a Th.D, she has done a wonderful job incorporating actual scripture into the book in a readable way. At the end of the book the reader can see that she has also done a lot of research to keep this work as close to the Biblical events and time period as possible, while still adding the bit of imagery to make it a very enjoyable and readable novel. If you enjoy imagining what a Biblical or historical person’s life might have been like, then you will enjoy this novel. This is a novel that I would recommend for readers that are a little more mature. While it is not graphic, there is some material of suggestive nature in there as well as a little bit of gory imagery (again, based on Bible events).
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