Luke models his Gospel story on the narrative of Samson from Judges 13-16. He does this plainly and relentlessly throughout his account, but especially at the start and end of the Gospel. There’s so much material drawn from Samson, so many connections made, that you can’t help stumbling across them everywhere.
The fact that no one much in modern scholarship is talking about this narrative technique of Luke’s gives you an idea of the state of Lukan studies. They’re in a sad and sorry state.
Consider these facts:
More of the facts tomorrow.