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Jephthah (Judges 11)

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Uploaded on May 28, 2009

Yahweh apparently demonstrated kindness to Abraham by changing his mind about whether he wanted Isaac sacrificed. What happened when it was Jephthah's daughter's turn under the knife? (Read on...)
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I made this video to remind everyone of what a lovely character the god of the bible is.
I'm sorry, folks, it is just too easy to pull out verses, chapters, and even books, to show him up as an insane psychopath.

And in case you're wondering - yes, I read all of the arguments that claim that Jephthah's daughter wasn't sacrificed at all, whilst I was researching the video.
Sorry, apologists, those arguments just don't hold water. If they did, you'd think at least ONE team of biblical scholars would have come up with a bible translation that suggested as much. None have. Take it up with THEM before you bother with me. And in the meantime - please inform the christians and jews of the world that their bibles are inaccurate after all, if that's what you believe.

In all my videos, I'm going on what the words on the page of the bible actually say.

Music:
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite
Holst - The Planets (Venus, and Uranus)
Wagner - Der Fliegende Hollander, overture.

Sound Effects from The Freesound Project (www.freesound.org)
(No, that wasn't me screaming, nor was I the king who gets stabbed in the guts).

DAMMIT. Typographical errors. I know that the book of the bible is called "Hebrews" (as in plural hebrew), but I cited it without the "s" in two cases (but correctly in one case). I don't know why. Sorry.

Chronology is all over the place, for the sake of a coherent script, and for this I don't apologize. After all, we are told that Yahweh is eternal and doesn't change. "The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever" (Isaiah 40:8) "Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, He never changes or casts shifting shadows" (James 1:17). "I, the Lord, do not change." (Malachi 3:6)
So, I don't care if the events that I mentioned apart from Jephthah's narrative (such as Joshua, and King Menahem) are out of order.

I put words into Yahweh's mouth in the first half, but only along the following guidelines:
He has an intense interest in virgins and virginity. Indeed, the most important thing we are told about Jephthah's daughter is not her age, not her name, not her star sign, not whether she had a high or low IQ, but that she died having never had sexual intercourse. That's what she was: a virgin - and thats all she was.

I made Yahweh more interested in the sacrifice than the biblical account includes. However, keep in mind that Yahweh acted in Jephthah's favor after he basically offered to make a human sacrifice. The fact that Yahweh accepted this deal, rather than declining to accept on the grounds that it was immoral, is hardly made any worse by having him take an thinly veiled interest in receiving the human sacrifice.

The presence of servants is assumed, but SOMETHING has to explain Jephthah's obvious surprise and severe disappointment that it was his daughter who came out of his home first. If you'd like to argue that it was wrong of me to invent characters like that, and that the deal was struck with the only possible candidates for the sacrifice having been only a wife and a daughter, then feel free - I don't think it will get you very far.
Some suggest that he expected an animal to walk out of his house first. Really, c'mon. I gave you the list of the numbers of animals slaughtered by Moses, do you think Yahweh would be satisfied with a single goat wandering out of Jephthahs front door?

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