Ashkelon and Samson

Roman ruins, Ashkelon National Park, Israel

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Ashkelon was one of the five key Philistine cities along the coastal plain. In the Book of Judges (1:18) it is said that the tribe of Judah took Ashkelon, the evidence suggests the city actually remained in the hands of the Philistines.

As the Philistines expanded their power in Israel they clashed with another people, the Israelites.
The Bible tells an episode about Ashkelon in the story about the hero Samson (Judges 13-16).
Ashkelon is mentioned in Judges 14, where Samson kills 30 men in revenge for the Philistines having given his (Philistine) wife to another man.
Samson himself came from Timna, an Israelite town.

Today this park is one of the most peaceful places in Israel.


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By Gordon Frickers 280 x 370mm (11″ x 14½”), watercolours and acrylic on 300 gsm watrcolour paper, Price of the original £750


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