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Bible Dictionary Definition - Who was Jephthah?
The definition and outline of Jephthah is as follows: a judge over
Israel for a period of six years (Judges 12:7). He lived in Gilead
and was a member of the Tribe of Manasseh. His father's name was
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a "mighty man of valour" who delivered Israel from the oppression of
the Ammonites (Judges 11:1-33), and judged Israel six years (12:7).
He has been described as "a wild, daring, Gilead mountaineer, a sort
of warrior Elijah." After forty-five years of comparative quiet
Israel again apostatized, and in "process of time the children of
Ammon made war against Israel" (11:5). In their distress the elders
of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob, to which he
had fled when driven out wrongfully by his brothers from his
father's inheritance (2), and the people made him their head and
captain. The "elders of Gilead" in their extremity summoned him to
their aid, and he at once undertook the conduct of the war against
Ammon. Twice he sent an embassy to the king of Ammon, but in vain.
War was inevitable. The people obeyed his summons, and "the spirit
of the Lord came upon him." Before engaging in war he vowed that if
successful he would offer as a "burnt-offering" whatever would come
out of the door of his house first to meet him on his return. The
defeat of the Ammonites was complete. "He smote them from Aroer,
even till thou come to Minnith, even twenty cities, and unto the
plain of the vineyards [Heb. 'Abel Keramim], with a very great
slaughter" (Judges 11:33). The men of Ephraim regarded themselves as
insulted in not having been called by Jephthah to go with him to war
against Ammon. This led to a war between the men of Gilead and
Ephraim (12:4), in which many of the Ephraimites perished.
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