- a judge of Israel. Judges 11, 12.
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Examples from the Web for jephthah
In the case of Jephthah's daughter the sacrifice was actually allowed.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
The story of Jephthah was also one of the favourite subjects of ancient tapestry.Hamlet
Should Jephthah have broken the vow that sacrificed his daughter?Gilbert Keith Chesterton
In the Book of Judges there is the story of a man named Jephthah.Standards of Life and Service
T. H. Howard
Jephthah stared at his transformed patient, and admitted that it was so.Judith of the Cumberlands
- Old Testament a judge of Israel, who sacrificed his daughter in fulfilment of a vow (Judges 11:12–40)Douay spelling: Jephte (ˈdʒɛftə)
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Word Origin and History for jephthah
biblical judge of Israel, from Greek Iephthae, from Hebrew Yiphtah, literally "God opens," imperfective of pathah "he opened" (cf. pethah "opening, entrance").
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