Monotheism was: "admittedly syncretistic..

Jonathan D. Safren yon_saf at
Sun Jan 27 11:02:17 EST 2002

The rashness of Jephthah's vow comes across very clearly in the narrative,
as does the rashnes of Saul's in 1 Sam. 14. But there is no condemnation by
the author, either overt or implied, of human sacrifice. The same goes for
Saul's intention to sacrifice Jonathan - the people condemn the intention to
sacrifice the hero of the day and redeem him, but nowhere is there
condemnation in principle  of human sacrifice. Likewise Gen. 22, the Binding
of Isaac - the angel stops Abraham in the act of sacrifice and a ram is
discovered to take Isaac's place; but nowhere in the narrative is there
condemnation, neither overt nor implied, either by God or by the author of
the very practice of human sacrifice.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College

----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn Blank" <glennblank at>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at>
Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2002 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: Monotheism was: "admittedly syncretistic..

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> >From: "Jonathan D. Safren" <yon_saf at>
> >To: Biblical Hebrew <b-hebrew at>
> >Subject: Re: Monotheism was: "admittedly syncretistic..
> >Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 11:02:12 +0200
> >
> > The God who accepts human sacrifice in Jud. 11 is not the same God who
> forbids it in >Deuteronomy.
> God accepting human sacrifice?  No, but a man who made a rash vow, never
> intending it to be a human sacrifice, but determined to keep his vow to
> letter.  Jud. 11 gives no indication of God's reaction to this sacrifice.
> glenn blank
> Pensacola FL
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