ARCHAEOLOGICAL discoveries in the Middle East could once and for all prove the Old Testament was right about the biblical strongman Samson, a Bible expert has astonishingly claimed.
The Bible is celebrated by billions of devout Christians worldwide as the testament of God’s chosen people and the life and death of Jesus Christ. There are, however, those who consider the Bible to be a collection of fictional accounts and religious folklore passed down over the generations. An expert has now told Express.co.uk there could be archaeological evidence to back some of the incredible stories penned in the Bible’s Old Testament.
According to Professor Tom Meyer, a college professor at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, three ancient discoveries, in particular, are linked to the tale of Samson.
In the Old Testament, Samson was a powerful Israelite warrior who was granted incredible strength through his uncut hair.
Professor Meyer said: “Three archaeological objects have been unearthed that help us measure the historical accuracy of the Biblical strongman Samson.
“According to the Bible, Samson judged Israel during the ‘time of the Judges’ a period of 300 years before Israel had its first king – 11th to 14th century BC.
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“One of these archaeological objects represents the occasion when Samson encountered a lion and tore him apart with his bare hands.”
The object in question is a small stone seal discovered by archaeologists in 2012.
The seal was dated to the 12th century BC and depicts a strongman confronting a lion without a weapon in hand.
In the Bible, Samson is said to have killed a lion with his bare hands.
The moment is described in Judges 14, where it reads: “The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat.”
Professor Meyer said: “The small seal, only 15 mm in diameter, was found at the city of Beth-shemesh, a hub city in the Biblical lowlands that was within eyesight of Samson’s home city of Zorah and a short walk from Timnath, the place where Samson slew the lion.”
The second archaeological discovery supposedly supports the account of Samson killing Israel’s enemies in a great feat of strength.
Excavations from 1971 to 1974 archaeological excavations north of Tel Aviv in tel Qasile, may have found a 12th century BC temple from the Old Testament.
He said: “According to the Bible, after Delilah cut Samson’s hair, he was taken captive by the Philistines.
“When the rulers of the Philistines held a great festival to honour Dagon – their god – for capturing Samson, the blinded hero was called from prison and ordered to entertain them.
“The temple where they celebrated was filled to capacity with an overflow of 3,000 guests on the roof.
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“Rocking furiously back and forth between the cedar pillars supporting the roof, Samson broke the pillars and the roof collapsed killing Samson and all the Philistines present.”
The excavations at tel Qasile uncovered ancient limestone pillars that likely supported a roof.
However, Professor Meyer said: “It is uncertain if the temple at tel Qasile is the actual Temple that Samson brought down but every Philistine temple excavated in Israel has a similar architectural plan.”
The last exciting discovery is a fifth century AD synagogue unearthed in 2011 in the city of Huqoq near the Sea of Galilee.
Professor Meyer said: “The exposed mosaic floor depicted two incredible scenes from the life of Samson.
“The first is the account of Samson catching three hundred foxes, tying their tails together with a cord and then tying lit torches to the cords and setting the foxes loose to destroy the entire spring crop of the Philistines.
“The other mosaic depicts Samson carrying the gates of Gaza to a hill near the biblical city of Hebron.
“In every instance where the archaeological findings relate to the Biblical account of Samson, the archaeological evidence confirms the record of Samson.”
Professor Meyer is an expert in Middle Eastern languages who has memorised more than 20 books from the Bible and is known as The Bible Memory Man.