In the heat of battle Jephthah asked God to help him win a battle against his enemies, the Ammonites. As a thank you gift, Jephthah promised to sacrifice the first person who came out the door to welcome him after the battle.
Huge debates arise over whether Jephthah meant a literal burnt offering on an altar or something less costly. Some speculate that Jephthah expected a mere servant or perhaps a household animal to come out of the door. We’ll never know the answer to that question. Continue reading Jephthah’s Rash Vow