Deadly Women, whose beauty leads men and whole nations to ruin, have always been of interest to society. Whether a goddess or a mortal, men have fought, died, and destroyed cities for her…
Samson, a biblical character, a legendary Israelite hero famous for the incredible strength he drew from his hair, unfortunately for himself, fell in love with a girl named Delilah. He is mentioned in the biblical Book of Judges.
Before his conception, his mother, a peasant woman from the tribe of Dan, was visited by an angel who told her that her son would be a lifelong Nazorean, that is, dedicated to the special service of God, usually through a vow of abstinence from strong drink, from shaving or cutting hair. To get the latest stories, install our app here.
Samson possessed truly extraordinary physical strength, which he lost when he broke his vow as a Nazorean. He broke his religious duty by having a feast with a woman from a neighboring city who was a Philistine, one of Israel’s mortal enemies. He then fell victim to his enemies because of his love for Delilah.
According to the Old Testament, Delilah received a large amount of silver, revealing to Samson’s enemies the source of his great power. By seducing Samson to gain his trust, she forced him to reveal the secret of his great power, which was hidden in those very long, thick hairs.
While Samson was sleeping, Delilah cut off his hair. She ruined him with it. As a result, Samson became weak, and the Philistines were able to seize him. They pierced his eyes and made a slave of him. Since then, the name of Delilah has symbolized the image of a voluptuous and treacherous woman, a temptress and a traitor. To get the latest stories, install our app here.
Helen of Troy
This Spartan beauty is said to have been born by the thunder god Zeus himself, who took the form of a swan and seduced her mother, Leda. At the age of ten, Helen was kidnapped by Theseus, but her brothers rescued her. Tyndareus, who is her earthly father and the lawful husband of her mother Leda, forced all her suitors to swear allegiance to Menelaus, whom he had chosen as a husband for his daughter.
So it happened that after Helen was kidnapped by Prince Paris of Troy, all her former suitors, who had sworn allegiance to Menelaus, gave him military support. This is how the Trojan War began because of Helen’s kidnapping. The siege of Troy lasted for ten years, after which Helen was rescued and sent to Menelaus. To get the latest stories, install our app here.
The Gospel of Mark tells us that John the Baptist died at the hands of Salome. Salome was part of Herod’s dynasty, and her family history was complicated: Herod divorced his wife and married Herodias, who was the wife of his half-brother Philip. However, Herodias herself was the daughter of Herod’s other half-brother, which made her not only the wife but also the niece of Philip and Herod.
Salome was Herodias’ daughter by Philip. When Herodias went to live with Herod, Salome came with her. John the Baptist publicly criticized King Herod for his divorce and remarriage to his niece, and Herodias became enraged. Herod threw John into prison to appease his wife, Herodias.
John’s fate was sealed when Salome performed a dance for Herod at his feast banquet. She delighted him, and he vowed to give her anything she wanted as a gift. Her mother told her to demand John’s head as a gift. To get the latest stories, install our app here.
Salome obediently asked Herod for this terrible gift, and Herod granted her wish. Although the Bible says that Herod was grieved, he kept his promise. The inspector who had been sent to John returned with a dish containing the prophet’s head, which Salome later gave to her mother.
Jezebel is the daughter of the priest-king Ephbaal, ruler of the coastal Phoenician cities. After Ahab took Jezebel as his wife, she persuaded him to introduce the worship of Baal-Melkart, the god of nature of Tyre. She tried to destroy those who opposed her. Most of the prophets of Yahweh were killed on her orders.
These cruel and oppressive actions provoked the righteous anger of the prophet Elijah. He accurately predicted the coming of a great drought as divine retribution. Sometime later, Elijah ordered the priests of Baal to be killed after they had lost their contest with him. When Jezebel heard of the massacre, she angrily vowed to kill Elijah, forcing him to flee to save his life.
When Elijah confronted Ahab in the vineyard, he predicted that Ahab and all his heirs would be destroyed and that the dogs would devour Jezebel. A few years later, Ahab died in battle with the Syrians. Jezebel lived about ten more years. To get the latest stories, install our app here.
Elijah’s successor, the prophet Elisha, equally determined to put an end to Baal worship, appointed his disciple named Jiuy as king of Israel, which provoked a civil war, for Jezebel’s son Joram then ruled. Jehu killed Joram and then went to Jezebel’s palace.
While waiting for him, she dressed up for the occasion. Looking down from the window, she mocked him, and Jiuy ordered the eunuchs to throw her out of the window. Later, when he ordered her buried as befitting a royal daughter, it turned out that most of her body had been eaten by dogs. Since that time, the name Jezebel has been considered the epitome of a vicious and abominable woman. To get the latest stories, install our app here.