This selection is the less known story of Samson. It even closes with a “Samson led Israel for 20 years in the days of the Philistines.”
As with many of the folk tales, I feel like it is full of rich details worth exploring in discussion. For example, Samson is from Judah, has a miraculous conception–his mother was sterile–and is dedicated to God as a Nazirite. Israel, or perhaps specifically Judah, has an archetype for its saviors.
This passage includes riddles and mass slaughter and very confusing marital relationships. It also has betrayal be a lover–who is not Delilah–and trickery that starts with Samson’s being bound.
Interesting note: It’s not clear from the text if the Delilah story is presented as a sequel, prequel or perhaps “a Samson Story”. Jumping ahead, it closes with “he led Israel for 20 years.” Presumably the same 20 as at the end of 15.