Filmmaker and photographer Eli Ungar did the do-it-yourself scholars of the Bible a favor when he posted the audio recordings of his Muscular Judaism class on iTunes and on his website. This class examines the biblical book of Sampson line by line in Hebrew and English, looking at that literary structure of the biblical text as well as insights of traditional and modern commentators. He makes extensive use of Israeli novelist David Grossman’s book Lion’s Honey: The Myth of Samson.
Sampson, as one of the few “muscular” heroes of the Bible, is more like a Greek hero than a Jewish one. This class examines Sampson’s place as a mythic figure and his relevance as an ongoing myth and symbol.