Jephthah's Daughter: Awake to Her Wicked Father (Judges 11:29-40)

Peter F Lockwood

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 8/6/2020

Paired Article (Face to Face): Jephthah's Daughter: Awake to Her Wicked Father (Judges 11:29-40)

Issue: Sola Structura: Essays Honoring Mark Throntveit (Vol. 40, No 3, Summer, 2020)

It is always a challenge to deal with some of the more difficult texts in the Bible, such as the text about Jephthah’s vow to sacrifice his daughter. Absent a full narration of this decision, one might seek to remove some of the difficulties of this text, but in a close reading, Jephthah is exposed as cruel, and his daughter as the much nobler character.

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