A Silver Dollar Featuring Samson?
|August 21, 2012||Posted by Rick Hogaboam under Archaeology|
No, there will not be a silver dollar bearing the image of Samson, but Eric Metaxas discusses a new archaeological find that coin collectors will covet (Archaeology and the Bible):
Israeli archaeologists recently discovered a coin, dating from the 11th century before Christ. It depicted “a man with long hair fighting a large animal with a feline tail.” Ring any Old Testament bells?The coin was found near the Sorek River, which was the border between the ancient Israelite and Philistine territories 3,100 years ago. Sound vaguely familiar?The archaeologists thought so, too. While Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman of Tel Aviv University dont claim that the figure depicted on the coin is proof that Samson actually existed, they do see the coin as proof that stories about a Samson-like man existed independently of the Bible.
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