Below you'll find more information on some of the topics touched on in Bill Moyers' conversation with David Grossman. You can also find more information on religion in the news in our main Resources section. Plus, you can explore myths and sacred tales, faith and politics and other matters in our Perspectives section.
Samson is the third to last of the Judges of the ancient Children of Israel mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. He is described in the Book of Judges chapters 13 to 16. This Web site offers an in-depth look at the various religious writings on Samson as well as a look at the retelling of the story in modern times.
Images of Samson and Delilah
The ornately beautiful and detailed painting by Peter Paul Rubens, entitled "Samson and Delilah," depicts the beginning of Samson's demise, as Delilah lures him to sleep and then cuts his hair, stripping him of his immense strength and power. Another famous rendering of the story by Rembrandt, "The Blinding of Samson," captures the moment that "the Lord had departed from him. The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes." (Judges 16:19-21) A scandal engulfed the art world in late 2005 when critics charged that Rubens' "Samson and Delilah" displayed prominently in London's National Gallery was actually a fake.
John Milton's famous poem "Samson Agonistes," first published in 1671, continues the story of Samson after he has been captured and blinded by the Philistines. The site contains analysis of the poem and the complete text.
Samson and his Foxes
This Web site, part of The Jewish-American History Documentation Foundation, chronicles the retelling of the story of Samson and his foxes, which he unleashed on the farms of the Philistines to destroy their corn and olives. The Givati Brigade, also known as Samson's Foxes, was formed as an Israeli commando unit during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The unit, now a part of the Israeli Defense forces that serves under the Southern Command, has a fox as an emblem.
A Nazarite was described as "One who lives apart." This Web site takes an in-depth and analytical look at the traditions of the Nazarite law in the Bible and Rabbinical writings.
German author Thomas Mann won the Nobel prize for literature in 1929. In a series of four novels Mann analyzed and retold the story of Joseph and his brothers from the Book of Genesis. The four novels were published together in English in 1948.
This Web site from the Nobel Prize foundation dedicated to the French author and playwright Albert Camus offers links to his work and a brief biography of his professional life.
The Six Days War
The Wikipedia entry covers the Six Days War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Syria resulted in Israel gaining control of Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights.
Timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
This timeline from the Web site for the P.O.V. film PROMISES traces the history of the conflict from 1880 to 2001. The timeline provides links to other news organizations Mid-East coverage.
Mideast News from The Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations provides new and analysis on foreign affairs. It's Web site also links users to important documents, briefing papers, podcasts and online debates.