Judges 16:3 (ANIV)
[But Samson lay there [in the house of the prostitute] only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all.] He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
TIME OF DAY:
The Bible tells us that Samson tore up the city gates in the middle of the night. He then carried them to Hebron. I have set the scene at sunrise.
There is strong dawn sunlight just touching the top of the gates that Samson is carrying, and can also be seen touching the top of the Almond tree blossom in the foreground. Shadows are cast away from the sunlight, to the right of objects and the figure of Samson and the gates.
This scene shows Samson standing on a hill overlooking Hebron (see verse 3 above). He has put down the Gaza gate doors, and is leaning against them, holding them up with one hand! Hebron is about 20 miles away from Gaza. The feat of tearing up the gates is amazing… but so is walking 20 miles in half a night & arriving at Hebron, having carried those gates all that way!
You can see the outskirts of the town/city of Hebron in the middle left of the picture. Hebron is mentioned 87 times in the Bible, and is the world’s oldest Jewish community, dating back more than 6,000 years. Hebron is located 19.8 miles (32 km) south of Jerusalem in the Judean hills, and sits between 2854 and 3346 feet (870 and 1,020 metres) above sea level.
Hebron has a Mediterranean climate with mild and rainy winters. During the winter temperatures drop but remain pleasant. A lot of rain can be expected during the autumn period, and snow is possible in winter. Spring temperatures rapidly rise, during the entire summer temperatures are pleasantly warm to hot. Precipitation figures during this period are extremely low.
The area within 2 miles of Hebron is covered by sparse vegetation (57%), grassland (15%), trees (12%), and shrubs (12%), within 10 miles by sparse vegetation (37%) and bare soil (23%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (44%) and water (16%).
The large tree (& others further down the hill) in the foreground is Prunus dulcis (aka Almond), a deciduous tree which grows 13–33 ft (4–10 m) in height, with a trunk of up to 12 in (30 cm) in diameter. The flowers are white to pale pink (especially darker pink towards the centre), and are 1-2 inches (3–5 cm) in diameter with five petals. The flowers appear in early spring, and are produced singly or in pairs on the tree’s branches.
I like this tree because it has a riot of wonderful blossom, early on in the year, and it looks spectacular!
Here’s the scene without the figure of Samson.
Judges 16 – Samson and Delilah – Scene 03 – Samson oberlooking Hebron – Landscape