See my discussion in “Binding Samson to Yhwh,” in John McLaughlin and Corrine Carvalho, eds., Deuteronomistic Deities (forthcoming). For discussions of archaeological evidence, see Steve Weitzman, “The Samson Story as Border Fiction,” Biblical Interpretation 10.2 (2002), pp. 158-174; Steve Weitzman, “Crossing the Border with Samson: Beth-Shemesh and the Bible’s Geographical Imagination,” in Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman, eds., Tel Beth-Shemesh, A Border Community in Judah: Renewed Excavations 1990-2000: The Iron Age, vol. 1, SMNIA 34 (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2016), pp. 266-280.