Biblical stories and moral issues
Of the many biblical stories that were - and still are - sources for contemplation and discussion, we have singled out that of Job and that of Samson.
Job, icon of Patience
The theme of the Old Testament book of Job is that of the apparent injustice of human suffering. Job is a faithful believer, but also very wealthy. Satan dares God to take away all material blessings from Job to test the strength of his faith. Job is struck with disaster until nothing is left to him except his dunghill. In discussions with his friends, Job maintains that his behaviour cannot have given God cause for punishment. Even in the face of this 'unjust' and therefore incomprehensible treatment, Job accepts his fate.
Samson, strength and weakness
Samson's story begins like that of biblical figures such as Isaac, Samuel and John the Baptist: their parents had to wait a long time before their marriage was blessed with a child.
Samson's father Manoah, and his wife reluctantly accepted Samson's decision to marry a Philistine girl. This turned out to be an ominous choice, indeed. Samson killed a lion when on the way to his wedding, but soon after his anger and enormous strength turned against the Philistines. The Philistines and a femme fatale - Delilah - were also the cause of his eventual downfall. Delilah betrayed him to the Philistines and cut off his hair, thus removing the source of his strength. Samson's final demonstration of strength killed many Philistines in the temple of Dagon.