A Humanist perspective on what we can learn about what is morality from the Bible.
Judges 15: Samson gets his revenge
Samson goes to get his wife and is told by the father, I thought you didn’t like her so I gave her to someone else. Here, take my other daughter instead. Samson captures 300 foxes and fixes them tail to tail with firebrand and sets them lose in a cornfield. The corn, the vineyard and the olive trees are all burned down. The philistines are pissed and find out Samson did it in revenge for his wife being given to someone else. So the Philistines burn the wife and her father. This makes Samson even madder, so he slaughers them and goes to a rock at Etam. The Philistines go to Judah to capture Samson for what he has done. The men of Judah go and bind Samson and deliver him to the Philistines. But when Samson was delivered to them, they all started yelling and Samson flew into a rage, broke the ties that bound him and took the jawbone of an ass and used it to slaughter 1,000 Philistines. He was thirsty then so God clave a hollow place near where the jaw had been thrown and water came out and Samson’s thirst was slaked.
In other words:
In revenge for his wife being given away, Samson burns down the corn fields of the Philistines, who then try to make peace with him, so he kills them. An army of 1,000 men try to stop him and he kills them all with the jawbone of an ass.
Judges 15:4 – foxes tied together with a firebrand in their tails being used to burn down a corn field.
Least favorite bit:
Judges 15:15 – using the jawbone of an ass to kill 1,000 people. Granted, the wanted to kill him, but still.
That Samson seems to go into homicidal rages thanks to “the spirit of God” infecting him.