SV: The daughter of Jeftah died?
danserve4x at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 2 13:51:39 EDT 2002
Well, the general consensus (from the list and some
off-list messages to me) seems to be that this Hebrew
word is probably not to be read as "or."
In that case, I can think of no logical way to argue
that Jephthah's daughter was not sacrificed as a burnt
offering. Consider the evidence.
A) Jephthah vows to make the first thing that comes
out of his house a burnt offering. (Judges 11:31)
B) Jephthah's daughter is the first thing to come out
of his house. (Judges 11:34)
C) Jepthah fulfulls his vow. (Judges 11:39)
If each point is indeed true (and I can think of no
way to render any of the points false except to
suppose inaccurate translation) then Jephthah must
have sacrificed his daughter as a burnt offering.
The Bible doesn't morally support this act, after all;
it simply tells about it. I see no reason to believe
that this is not an actual historical event recorded,
without a value judgement, in the text of the Bible.
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