This original copper-plate engraving from an early 18th Century Bible is a real beauty. It depicts the Samson from the Old Testament. It was engraved by the famous German Engraver Engelhardt Nunzer and published in 1701. It shows Samson in great detail with a jawbone in his hands. In the background is the scene of him fighting the lion with bare hands.
Samson was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible and one of the last of the leaders who "judged" Israel before the institution of the monarchy. He is sometimes considered to be an Israelite version of the popular Near Eastern folk hero also embodied by the Sumerian Enkidu and the Greek Heracles.
The biblical account states that Samson was a Nazirite, and that he was given immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform superhuman feats, including slaying a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines using only the jawbone of an ass. However, if Samson's long hair was cut, then his Nazirite vow would be violated, and he would lose his strength.
Provenance: Biblia Sacra Das ist Die gantze Heilige Schrifft / Alten und Neuen Testaments
Author: Casparum Ulenbergium
Engraver: Engelhardt Nunzer
Published : Bamberg, Ziegern & Lehmann, 1701
Paper Size: circa 14 1/2" x 9 3/4"
Condition : In very good antique condition and a Beautiful Age Patina - PLEASE SEE PICTURES
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