Why is it important for the reader to know that the mother is a prostitute? But this story also gives us an interesting option to look at some very challenging parts of mortality that otherwise the scriptures are silent on. Then she said to her father, "Let this thing be done for me: let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I. Or the wire might evoke a motif of the Jewish Holocaust, offering a social critique of those who went to their death without resistance. Was it a physical rejection or did they psychologically torture him over time? Even the unnamed daughters of Israel are silent; the annual ritual for her lament was forgotten long, long ago. Although Jephthah made a certain promise to God, the Almighty is a merciful God Psalms, Psalms and the personification of Love 1John ; there is no way that He would require Jephthah to hold to the promise if the first living thing out the door was a human, such as his own daughter.
Jephthah and His Daughter
A primitive root; to groan, ie Bewail ; hence through the idea of crying aloud , to assemble as if on proclamation -- lament, wail. My friends and I will go. Is he really that ruthless? The whole scene is haloed with entwining lines. They came back ready to die for their fathers, and for their brothers, and for their husbands, and for their God.
Jephthah and His Daughter
This is better translated in other Bible versions as follows:. Then she said to her father, Only do this for me: let me have two months to go away into the mountains with my friends, weeping for my sad fate. Does the illustration capture the moment when the daughter celebrates her father's victorious return. They agreed to this condition. Of uncertain affinity; to sob, ie Wail aloud whereas dakruo is rather to cry silently -- bewail , weep. I followed a biblical model and taught my daughters humility, self-discipline, and service.
We tend to like heroes these days; the television drama, Heroes , attests to that. But first let me go up and roam in the hills and weep with my friends for two months, because I will die a virgin. Kraft, "Jephthah," and "Book of Judges," in vol. Why do they drive Jephthah away only to go to him later and agree to appoint him leader of all their people? Faun gives her three tasks to complete before the full moon to see if her "essence is still intact. By offering her as a living sacrifice Jephthah was able to fulfill his promise to God without breaking God's law against burnt human sacrifice. Her physique suggests that she is used to want: food, rest, nurture, compassion, her father's love, and the intervention of her mother and her community.