Reading Solomon J. Solomon’s Samson against the Book of Judges

  • Aysha Musa University of Sheffield


This paper examines Solomon J. Solomon’s Samson, an interpretative artistic portrayal of the biblical Samson and Delilah narrative in Judges 16. Solomon’s painting explores themes of eroticism, power, and ‘the Other’. Solomon both embellishes and fills gaps in the biblical narrative. By doing so, he conspicuously explores themes only implicit in the Bible, thus creating content where the biblical text remains silent. Filling these narrative gaps and making the implicit explicit changes the focus of the Samson and Delilah narrative, thereby adding to the cultural memory of the biblical text and altering the way in which the biblical narrative is approached by readers.

Author Biography

Aysha Musa, University of Sheffield

Aysha Musa is a fully funded second year PhD student with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) at the University of Sheffield. She is working in the field of Gender, Sexuality, the Bible and Popular Culture. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Biblical Studies in 2013 with First Class Honours, as well as receiving an Academic Award and the Sheffield Graduate Award. Aysha received funding to undertake an MA in Biblical Studies Research at the University of Sheffield, completing it in 2015 with a Distinction. Her PhD focuses on the constructions of gender and sexuality in the biblical book of Judges, specifically chapters 4 and 5.

How to Cite
Musa, Aysha. 2016. “Reading Solomon J. Solomon’s Samson Against the Book of Judges”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 23 (December).