Jephthah’s Vow in Judges 11

Matt, Derek, and Alastair dive into the difficult and unsettling text of Jephthah’s vow in Judges 11.

The crew covers recent and old interpretations of the troubled passage, asking if certain texts can or should be “smoothed over” with typology, how we should handle texts with seeming contradictions, and how to poise ourselves in the face of scripture’s ethical dilemmas?

Resources mentioned:

City of God by Augustine


Intro + overview of the story of Jephthah’s vow, and its reference in Hebrews
Complex details and recent interpretations of the text
Possible influences of Mariology
Biblical theological imagery in the text and its placement in Judges
If Samson can be commended in Hebrews for his meager faith, can we say the same of Jephthah?
Augustine’s interpretation of Jephthah’s vow in City of God and the temptation to let typology “smooth over” difficult and uncomfortable texts
The seemingly tragic conflict between the irreversibility of vows and the prohibition of the sacrifice of persons in scripture + Conclusion

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