Samson's mother is the wife of Manoah and, like her husband, is an actual historical personage from Judeo-Christian scripture. She is the daughter of Etam and sister of Ishma. Barren and childless, Samson's mother is startled when an Angel of the Lord appears to her an announces the forthcoming birth of her and Manoah's son. The messenger commands her to raise the boy as a Nazirite, keeping him away from wine and leaving his hair uncut. Additionally, she herself is to eschew strong drink and refrain from consuming unclean food.
When she runs out to tell her husband about the angel, Manoah wishes to see the herald for himself. The heavenly spirit appears to the Hebrew couple again and repeats to Manoah all the instructions given to Manoah's wife earlier. Foolishly, Manoah insists that the angel stay for a meal, but he refuses, ordering Manoah to offer a burnt sacrifice to the Lord instead. As the smoke rises from Manoah's burnt offering, the Angel of the Lord ascends to the heavens in the flames of the fire.