[NetBehaviour] The Doubter's Mysteries: Samson

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 21:31:19 CET 2019

Thanks, Alan. Stick it to Cranston! They're asking for it!

On 14/03/2019 21:25, Alan Sondheim via NetBehaviour wrote:
> This particular story is fascinating and I think resonates with the 
> Middle East today. On Wikipedia, a scholar says "In contrast, James 
> King West considers that the hostilities between the Philistines and 
> Hebrews appear to be of a "purely personal and local sort".^[57] 
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson#cite_note-West1971-58> He also 
> considers that Samson stories have, in contrast to much of Judges, an 
> "almost total lack of a religious or moral tone"
> What's really interesting here is the idea of the "local skirmish" - 
> which is how it reads to me. And now, throughout much of the world, 
> local skirmishes are occurring at greater and greater frequency, I 
> think, driven by climate change and the resulting starvation, hoarding 
> of resources, over-populations, and so forth. Industrialization has 
> ruined us all; Azure and I have tried going totally without plastic - 
> and at least where we live, that's an impossibility. So the Samson 
> story is oddly "modern" sounding. The issues of nationalism and race 
> are troubling of course, and today I can imagine all the events 
> occurring over a 25km radius, so to speak - people and peoples moving 
> back and forth, absolutist religions creating "fights" and so forth. 
> Great writing!  - Best, Alan (about to join a cult where we'll attack 
> Cranston, the next town over!) -
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 2:51 PM Edward Picot via NetBehaviour 
> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org 
> <mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
>     'The Doubter's Mysteries' are an attempt to write a short cycle of
>     Mystery Plays - ie. plays based on Bible stories, like the Medieval
>     Mystery Plays of York, Chester and Wakefield - from the point of
>     view of
>     a sceptical modern audience; an audience which either doesn't
>     believe in
>     God, or can't work out what he's playing at.
>     There are fourteen of these plays, and the seventh is now online:
>     'Samson'.
>     http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries/07samson.html (or for the full
>     series
>     so far, visit http://edwardpicot.com/mysteries)
>     - Edward Picot
>     http://edwardpicot.com - personal website
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