I remember when puppet-shows were made of good scripture stories, as Jephthah's
Rash Vow, and such good things, and when wicked people were carried away by the devil.
Such women's welcomes to their men include the celebration with a bitter end with which Jephthah's
daughter welcomed her father home (Judg.
The sacrifice of anything female is never required, which alone would have nullified Jephthah's
The liberating figures of Moses and Miriam find more troubling counterparts in Isaac and Jephthah's
daughter as Eichler-Levine interrogates the biblical trope of the sacrificial child.
This attempted transformation of narcissism may be related to classical and biblical mythological allusions involving the tragic objectification of female figures in the service of masculine self-idealization, for example Jephthah's
daughter, beloved only child in Judges 11, tragically sacrificed by her father because he has promised God to offer up the first thing that emerges from his door in exchange for military victory over his enemies.
In the Middle Ages, Jewish commentaries offered alternatives to the carrying out of Jephthah's
vow concluding that Yael was consecrated as a perpetual virgin or was secluded in a house outside the city where all her needs were met (but this was a kind of compulsory, non-negotiable house arrest)
In "Jiftachs Tochter," Gross maintains that Judges 11:29-40 presents Jephthah's
daughter as self-confident, fully aware of her father's predicament, and willing and able to choose freely the fate she suffers.
Still, to see no reference to Joshua (especially, for example, the battle at Ai), or of the "sacrifice" of Jephthah's
In a sermon preached in the chapel of the college in 2012, he chose the story of Jephthah's
daughter from Judges 11.
Here she made the invisible visible by providing the names of women only identified as possessions, such as Lot's wife (Idit), Noah's wife (Amara or Noamara), and Jephthah's
daughter (Sheilah), names which can be found in various legends that have accrued to the biblical stories over the centuries.
If Judaism had saints, these writers' patron saint would be Jephthah's
daughter, who was sacrificed by her father in accordance with a thoughtless vow.
Erin's husband, 14 years her senior, is also a member of TBL, and the couple was given the somewhat dubious honor of having their exquisite daughter dubbed The Chosen One, the plan being for Kylie to join Jephthah's
Daughters and be taken to a convent to devote her life to prayer and service, this to be done when she turns three years of age, which is five days away.