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ATS Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Nave's Topical Bible
» Jephthah
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
» Jephthah's prayer, daughter: & Vows redeeming
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
» Jephthah
» Jephthah's vow
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
» Jephthah
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
» Jephthah
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
» Jephthah
Greek - Jephthah
Hebrew - Jephthah

The son of Gilead, was a judge of Israel, and successor to Jair. His history is told in Judges 11:1-12:15. A most affecting incident in it is his devoting his daughter to God as a sacrifice, in consequence of a rash vow.

The arguments on the question whether Jephthah’s daughter was actually sacrificed or not, cannot here be cited. The natural repugnance we feel to such a vow and its fulfillment has led many interpreters to adopt the less obvious theory that she was only condemned to live and die unmarried. There is no intimation in Scripture that God approved of his vow, whatever it was. Paul numbers Jephthah among the saints of the Old Testament distinguished for their faith, Hebrews 11:32.

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These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'JEPHTHAH'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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