According to the biblical narrative, Manoah was of the tribe of Dan and lived in the city of Zorah. He married one woman, who was barren. Her name is not mentioned in the Bible, but she was maybe called Hazelelponi or Zʻllpunith. She was a daughter of Etam and sister of Ishma.
Birth of Samson
Manoah and his wife were childless, but an angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife and told her that she would give birth to a son. The child was to be dedicated from the womb as a Nazirite, which entailed restrictions on his diet, which the angel spelled out in detail. The "woman" (for her name was omitted in the Bible) told her husband, "A man of God came to me". Manoah prayed and the angel returned to instruct the both of them. After the angel left, Manoah tells his wife, "We shall surely die, because we have seen God."
After Samson's death, his family recovers his body and buries him near the tomb of Manoah.
- In 1914 American film Samson, Manoah was played by George Periolat, while his wife was played by Lule Warrenton.
- In 1996 film Samson and Delilah, Manoah, played by Paul Freeman, is shown as a poor old man. His wife is called Mara in this film.
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- Manoah by Wayne Blank
- Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Bava Batra Folio 91.
- Manoah's wife
- Samson, Jewish Encyclopedia. "The mother of Samson [was named] Zlelponith, and his sister, Nashyan."
- Porter, J. R. (2000). The Illustrated Guide to the Bible. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. p. 75. ISBN 0-7607-2278-1.
- Judges 13:22
- Samson at the Internet Movie Database