Was Jephthah’s daughter sacrificed?
Its been a long time since I have browsed the bible blogs, but these long summer days allow for this indulgence. Thanks so much, Brian, for your list of recommendations! I would very much like to think that Jephthah’s daughter was not sacrificed, but I have been persuaded that the Hebrew implies that she was. The same language is used for Jephthah’s daughter in Judges 11:31 as was used for Isaac in Gen. 22: 2.
And offer him for a burnt offering
I will offer it up for a burnt offering
This commentator convincingly argues that the notion that Jephthah’s daughter lived out her life as a virgin is a Medieval construct, one which reflected a common Christian practice of that era. However, in Judges there was no practice of dedicating a girl to celibacy. (Hebrew text thanks to Mechon Mamre.)