The Tragedy And Confusion Of An Innocent Life Essay

1677 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
“. . . [Jephthah] did with her according to his vow that he had made” (Judges 11:39b1). The tragedy and confusion of the account of Jephthah lie in the fact that Jephthah, not only fulfilled his unfaithful vow, but the fulfillment of that unfaithful vow resulted in the killing of an innocent life, his daughter. To provide further background into the account, a brief summary of the problem text from the book of Judges will follow. Jephthah, a man appointed leader of Israel by the Gileadites2 to defend the nation against the Ammonites in wartime, made a vow to Yahweh. “And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord 's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering”” (Judges 11:30-31). Tragically, Jephthah’s daughter and only child, appeared at the door first, leading Jephthah to sacrifice his daughter in fulfillment of the vow he made before the Lord. The account of Jephthah demonstrates the results of moral depravity, and unfaithfulness to the will of God, by culminating in a horrific act of injustice in the name of the source of justice, God. For apparent reasons, the account of Jephthah and his daughter developed into a studied and debated topic between biblical scholars for hundreds of years, and remains debated still today. This biblical account of human sacrifice, so contrary to the teachings of the Bible,…

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