Bible Names H-M: Manoah
Manoah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
rest, a Danite, the father of Samson (Judg. 13:1-22, and
Manoah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
rest; a present
Manoah in Naves Topical Bible
-A Danite of Zorah and the father of Samson
Manoah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(rest), the father of Samson; a Danite, native of the town of
Zorah. Jud 13:2 (B.C. 1161) [SAMSON]
Manoah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ma-no'-a (manoach, "rest"): A man of Zorah and of the family
of the Danites. Manoah was the father of Samson, and his
life-story is but imperfectly told in the history of the
conception, birth and early life of his son. No children had
been born to Manoah and his wife, and the latter was
considered barren (Jdg 13:2). Finally it was revealed to her
by an angel of the Lord that she would conceive and bear a
child. She was cautioned against strong drink and "unclean"
food, for her child was to be born and reared a Nazirite to
the end that he might save Israel out of the hands of the
Philistines (Jdg 13:3-5). That Manoah was a devout man seems
certain in view of the fact that, upon hearing of the
angel's visit, he offered a prayer for the angel's return,
in order that he and his wife might be instructed as to the
proper care of the child to be born (Jdg 13:8). The request
was granted and the angel repeated the visit and the
instructions (Jdg 13:9-13). Manoah with true hospitality
would have the guest remain and partake of food. The angel
refused, but commanded a sacrifice unto Yahweh. When Manoah
had prepared the sacrifice and lit it on the altar, the
angel ascended in the flame from the altar and appeared no
more (Jdg 13:15-21). The child was born according to the
promise and was named Samson. Manoah and his wife appear
twice in the narrative of Samson's early life--once as they
protestingly accompanied him to sue for the hand of a
Philistine woman of Timnah in marriage, and again when they
went with him to Timnab for the wedding.
Josephus richly embellishes this Scriptural narrative
concerning Manoah, but offers no further light upon the
occupation or character of Manoah. At the death of Samson,
his brothers went down to Gaza and brought back the body and
buried it by the side of Manoah in the family tomb near
Zorah (Jdg 16:31). In Samson Agonistes Milton gains dramatic
effect by having Manoah survive Samson and in deep sorrow
assist at his burial.
C. E. Schenk
Manoah in Wikipedia
Manoah is the father of Samson. Manoah means rest or quiet in
Judges 13:1-23 and 14:2-4 of the Hebrew Bible.
Manoah was of the tribe of Dan, and lived in the city of
Zorah. He 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) told her husband "A man of God came to me",
whose countenance was like the angel of God. Manoah prayed
again 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." (Judges 13:22)
Together with his wife he subsequently tried to dissuade
Samson from marrying a Philistine woman, but travelled with
him to Timnath for the wedding ceremony when they were unable
to do so.
The story gained added importance for Christians, who read
into it parallels with the Annunciation to Mary.
Manoah Scripture - Judges 13:15
And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, I pray thee, let
us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.
Manoah Scripture - Judges 13:20
For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from
off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the
flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on [it],
and fell on their faces to the ground.
Manoah Scripture - Judges 16:31
Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down,
and took him, and brought [him] up, and buried him between
Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father.
And he judged Israel twenty years.
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