Jephthah’s Daughter
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The story of the unnamed daughter of Jephthah is told in Judges. 11. Jephthah vows that, if Yahweh will give him victory over the Ammonites, he will offer up to Yahweh the one who first comes out to meet him when he returns home (v 31). This turns out to be his unnamed daughter. Jephthah’s daughter accepts the consequences of her father’s vow, but asks that she and her female companions be permitted to go into the mountains so that th…

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P. L. Day, “Jephthah’s Daughter”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>

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