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Jephthah’s vow
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Jephthah’s vow that, in the event of a victory over the Ammonites, he would sacrifice to Yahweh the first thing that came out of his door when he arrived home (Judges 11:30–31). When Jephthah succeeds against the Ammonites, he returns home and is met by his only child, his daughter. Consenting to her plight, she asks only for two months to “mourn her virginity on the mountains” before the sacrifice. Jephthah’s daughter may have been “sacrificed” to a life of celibacy. If she was actually offered as a burned sacrifice, this becomes the solitary instance of Israelite human sacrifice, forbidden by Deuteronomic law (Deut 12:29–31). For more information, see these articles: Jephthah’s Daughter; Jephthah the Judge; Jephthah the Judge, Critical Issues.
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Jephthah’s Vow
Jephthah’s Vow Jephthah’s vow that, in the event of a victory over the Ammonites, he would sacrifice to Yahweh the first thing that came out of his door when he arrived home (Judges 11:30–31). When Jephthah succeeds against the Ammonites, he returns home and is met by his only child, his daughter. Consenting
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Jephthah's vow
Jephthah’s vow(Judg. 11:30, 31). After a crushing defeat of the Ammonites, Jephthah returned to his own house, and the first to welcome him was his own daughter. This was a terrible blow to the victor, and in his despair he cried out, “Alas, my daughter! thou hast brought me very low … I have opened