a judge of Israel. Judges 11, 12. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jephthah

Historical Examples of 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.


    William Shakespeare

  • Should Jephthah have broken the vow that sacrificed his daughter?

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

    Patrick Braybrooke

  • In the Book of Judges there is the story of a man named Jephthah.

  • Jephthah stared at his transformed patient, and admitted that it was so.

British Dictionary definitions for jephthah



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").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper