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Jawbone by DouglasRamsey Jawbone by DouglasRamsey
Acrylic on hardboard, 18" x 24"

When Samson came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men.

(Judges 15:14-15)


"One man with God is always in the majority." - John Knox
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donwhitt Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it a lot. Reminds me of Conan or Tarzan of the colorized comic era.
His is brilliant stuff. One of the things I may attempt is a skinny version of Samson with long hair. A Bible Scholar/ professor I had once asked me the question...what if Samson's strength was because of His hair. Yet also, this was the Holy Spirit. So, Could Samson not have been the Type A persona, Tarzan body builder we have perceived him to be? I just thought that was an interesting question. I disagree. However I like the thought behind it.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner May 13, 2014

The fact that Samson’s strength was supernatural caused this professor to speculate that he might have been physically unimpressive? Eh, possible but not likely. The Philistine temple excavated at Tell Qasile was supported by two cedar pillars that were spaced almost 10 feet apart. Even if the pillars of the Gaza temple were a little closer together, a man who could simultaneously place a hand on each of them would have to be pretty big.

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donwhitt Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good point. I love looking at all different viewpoints of the Bible in history. Of course, I wasn't there. What do I know.
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even if one does not believe in what the Bible says, one must admit that the Bible is a cornucopia of Sci-fi, Fantasy and even Horror elements. Demons, dragons, giants, mosters the Bible has them all. Just like other people have already said I would love to see a game based on tales like Samson's or Noah's. Maybe even a Shadow of the Collosus game for Jesus. Plus, Samson was the original Manly Man.
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Coelophysis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013   Writer
The writers at cracked.com suggested that "jawbone of a donkey" may have been a mistranslation of the Hebrew word for "minigun". 
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IAmNotRussian Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
God of War, Asura's Wrath, Dante's Inferno.
If religions can have video games, why not Samson's Fury?
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:icondouglasramsey:
DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Yeah, I think a game set in the world of ancient Israel has potential. Something like Age of Conan.
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IAmNotRussian Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
We have plenty of Age of Conan, don't need another.

A loose tale of David the Giant Slayer has potentials.  I even thought about writing it.
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AxelMuller Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your biblical art is amazing .Soli Deo gloria!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I'm inspired to hear it, thanks!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Samson really reminds me of Jason Momoa :D
Incredible work!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
He might be a good choice for the role. Thanks much!
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KStarrLynn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The perspective is great! And the color and anatomy. I love how you can immediately tell what he's about to do. 
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I'm not sure if the viewer can tell what he intends without the text but it's such a famous story (or used to be) that hopefully it's clear enough if they recognize it.
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Starrsco Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Samson always reminded me of a good Conan story. You seem to have captured some of that here. Great work.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
It’s difficult for me to picture Samson’s battle at Lehi without thinking of Frazetta’s Conan paintings. In fact, I wonder if Samson wasn’t the inspiration for Frazetta’s long-haired, muscular version of Conan, since he wasn’t described that way in Howard’s stories. Thanks much.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
one heap, two heaps...
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RotkaeppchenGmbh Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
wow...this is amazing
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
THX!
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MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
cool
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KlippenKatze Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
You have great skill with a brush! Wow! Awesome work at capturing the dustiness. And I admire your job on the Philistine soldiers and Samson's hair.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thanks so much! Dust is pretty easy to paint but I think those Philistines need some more work.
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Xiao-Fury Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the power of Christ, baby!
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DJaked Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The bible has such crazy stories.
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Osssh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! great work. I have a drawing with an idea like yours, but this is best than my work. Really incredible
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like the powerful angle you've positioned Samson.
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meowsap Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen! And its a true story! Great work...love how you did the hair, and the soldiers' expressions!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
As I was working on this I realized that, for the piece to be successful, Samson’s expression had to make you believe every one of the Philistines coming to kill him was about to die.
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meowsap Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He definitely looks that way!!! :)
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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Samson was a badass!
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful...I love it!! Love the story too...Yes, this is the kind of power we are suppose to operate in today!
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BlaqDove Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
This. Is just. Powerful, wish I could paint like this AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! :iconclappingplz:
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks very much!
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!
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SubtleAssiduities Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aided by the Holy Spirit... LIKE A BAU5
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Balisongman07 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thats some powah hot imagery fam. i dig it.
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:iconvioletasilvestre2011:
WOW1You made it brilliant and powerful!
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:icondouglasramsey:
DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks so much!
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violetasilvestre2011 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Np
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ribjaw Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
boss!
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
We featured this piece at :iconchristians: Beautiful work. :tighthug:
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks, I appreciate that very much!
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Asianchrist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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TraciCarmichael Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow this is great! My bible study just studied judges and i remember the jawbone part, this really brings that story to life thank you!!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Samson gets one the most negative evaluations of all the judges but he’s got the lion’s share of illustratable scenes. Thanks!
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TraciCarmichael Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome! Really?? I think he is one of the most remarkable judges! He is the one who basically went against the will of God his entire life with this super human strength that God had given him. Of course at the very end he is completely humbled and humiliated, realizes his error and asks for God's strength one more time. It actually fills me with hope that no matter how bad i think i may have messed something up, God can use it for His glory! Very inspiring! Keep up the greaaaat work!!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Oh, sure. I think he’s THE most remarkable judge. He had more gifts and greater potential than other. When I say he gets a negative evaluation I mean from the author of Judges himself who presents Samson as a man who failed to live up to that potential or did the right thing for the wrong reasons. You’re right though, that in end he has his moment of redemption, so his story as a whole is a bittersweet tragedy.
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PersistentLight Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the way how you portrayed samson. Really neat!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Took me a while to get a facial expression for him that I liked. Anyway, I’m happier with the way he turned out than the Philistines. Thanks much!
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Low-Lighter Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
zooooooomg!!!!!!! :jawdrop: I love this soo much. its one of my favorite stories from the old testament. soooo cooool!!! thanking god for having you on my watch list :iconyayzplz:
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