1118 BC - 1078 BC

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Samson (; Hebrew: שִׁמְשׁוֹן Šīmšōn "man of the sun") was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges (chapters 13 to 16) and one of the last leaders who "judged" Israel before the institution of the monarchy. He is sometimes considered as an Israelite version of the popular Near Eastern folk hero also embodied by the Sumerian Gilgamesh and Enkidu, as well as the Greek Heracles. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samson has received more than 6,253,577 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Samson is the 25th most popular religious figure (up from 29th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Israel (up from 11th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Samson is most famous for being a biblical figure who was given superhuman strength by God. He was captured by the Philistines and forced to work for them, but he eventually killed them with the jawbone of a donkey.

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  • 69

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 12.97

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.07

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Samson has had the most page views in the with 861,315 views, followed by Spanish (321,900), and Russian (143,589). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Greek (3,041.25%), Korean (226.00%), and Azerbaijani (142.94%)


Among religious figures, Samson ranks 25 out of 3,187Before him are Saint George, Andrew the Apostle, Isaac, Elijah, John Calvin, and Ali. After him are Mary Magdalene, Matthew the Apostle, Abu Bakr, Zoroaster, Saint Stephen, and Saint Barbara.

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Among people born in 1118 BC, Samson ranks 1After him is Jephthah. Among people deceased in 1078 BC, Samson ranks 1

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Samson ranks 9 out of 466Before him are Saint Joseph (-100), John the Baptist (-20), Isaac (-1900), Elijah (-1000), Ramesses II (-1303), and Josephus (37). After him are Mary Magdalene (-10), Matthew the Apostle (10), Mahmoud Abbas (1935), Jonah (-850), Ariel Sharon (1928), and Yitzhak Rabin (1922).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Samson ranks 7Before him are Jesus (-4), Mary, mother of Jesus (-100), Saint Joseph (-100), John the Baptist (-20), Isaac (-1900), and Elijah (-1000). After him are Mary Magdalene (-10), Matthew the Apostle (10), Jonah (-850), Isaiah (-800), Saul (-1079), and Judas Iscariot (50).