Canaanite Lions

Medium: basalt stele
Size: .92 meters high
.72 meters wide
.23 meters thick
Approximate Date: 14th century BC
Place of Discovery: Beth-Shean/Sythopolis
(Tel el-Husn)
Date of Discovery: 1928
Current Location: Israel Museum
Inventory number: I. 3861

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and he came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion roared against him; and the spirit of Yahweh came upon him powerfully, and he tore the lion apart as one tears a goat-kid. And he had nothing in his hand. (Judges 14:5-6)

      Saul and Jonathan, how beloved and handsome!
      In life and in death they were not divided.
      They were swifter than eagles.
      They were stronger than lions. (2 Samuel 1:23)

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