You may remember that I once posted on how perplexing I find it that we have turned the story of Noah
into a quaint children story. For some reason we create toys, wallpaper and other items with Noah's Ark on it without thinking about the fact that the story is about the near annihilation of humanity.
Another disturbing Bible story is that of Jephthah in Judges 11
. Jephthah, you may remember, makes a vow to the Lord that if God gives him victory over the Ammonites he will sacrifice as a burnt offering the first thing that comes out of house when he returns home. And of course the first thing Jephthah sees is his daughter. The story is a bit disturbing because it suggests that a hero of Israel, who is empowered by God to conquer Israel's enemies, engages in human sacrifice to the Lord. As they say elsewhere in Judges "such a thing should not happen in Israel."
Well this is a story that has driven interpreters nuts, especially if they really don't want to believe that Jephthah sacrificed his daughter. The below cartoon gives an entertaining twist to a disturbing story. But it also tries to suggest that the text doesn't really mean what it says. For myself, I think he sacrificed his daughter. But watch the video and see what you think.
HT: Joel Watts