Jephthah and his daughter

Bryan Rocine 596547 at
Sat Sep 12 20:29:45 EDT 1998

Dear B-Haverim,

I find it very difficult to believe Jephthah sacrificed his daughter by
killing her(Judges 11).  Might he have put her away to a life of seclusion
or celibacy?  We don't see blood, not even a smoking gun.  Are there
answers either in legend, ancient Levantine anthropology or the Biblical
text itself?

Then, never mind the historicity of the account.  How can we reconcile such
an episode with the literary composition of the Book of Judges particularly
and the Hebrew Bible generally?


B. M. Rocine
Associate Pastor
Living Word Church
6101 Court St. Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13208


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