This also is an example of noble submission. J's daughter has such a
reverence for her father's vow to God that she is willing to give up her
life for it.
Dr. Clinton Atchley
Department of English
Henderson State University
Arkadelphia, AR 71999
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>Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 12:06 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: children and the drama of persecution.
>In a message dated 1/10/01 11:05:01 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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>> The daughter of Jephthah is another Biblical example of a child being
>> sacrificed (Judges 11:30-40). Unfortunately, she didn't
>fare as well as
>Isaac and > her story was not used as a negative exemplar.
>It seems to me that the motif of child sacrifice is
>incidental, rather than
>central, to the story. Like the story of King Midas and the
>it's actually about the bad things that happen if one is foolish or
>unthinking in what one vows, wishes, or prays. The story
>child sacrifice is an abomination. Jephthah, because he made a
>finds himself backed into a corner where he's compelled to commit an
>abomination (child sacrifice). If Jephthah (and the reader) had had no
>objection to child sacrifice, than the story would have no moral.
>I believe it's Leviticus that emphasizes the importance of
>vows, and also of
>care in framing them, so that foolish vows will not be made. I
>guess it's the
>call to self-awareness which is timeless. In modern terms,
>don't pledge a
>million dollars to a charity if you don't happen to have a
>million dollars to
>give. The stop-and-think axiom, I guess.