Did Jephthah slaughter his daughter?

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  1. Surely the text is unequivocal: Jephthah vowed a burnt offering. The daughter became the unwitting object of the vow. Jepthah “did with her according to his vow which he had made”. Ergo: the daughter became the vowed burnt offering. This conclusion drawn from the text is not reliant upon the subtleties of possible alternative translations or interpretations.

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      If you read “literally” sure, it is unequivocal. However, real language use is seldom that literal, but rather littered with figures of speech. In English we often “sacrifice” someone or something, but seldom by killing them.

      As you can hear in the podcast I am not sure which reading I would follow in this passage.

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