- (fl. c. 12th cent, BCE)Israelite judge. When Gilead was threatened by the Ammonites, he went to war against them. Before he engaged in battle, he vowed to sacrifice to God whatever came first from his house should he return safely. To his grief he was met by his daughter whom he subsequently sacrificed (Judges 11). Later he was victorious over the Ephramites.
Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Dan Cohn-Sherbok.
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JEPHTHAH — (Heb. חָתְפִיּ), judge of Israel for six years and victor over the Ammonites (Judg. 11:1–12:7). According to Judges, Jephthah was the son of a harlot, and his father s name is given as Gilead. Jephthah is described as a Gileadite warrior. After… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Jephthah — (also spelled Jephtha; from Hebrew יפתח Yiftach / YipthaIPA|χ) is a character in the Hebrew Bible s Book of Judges, serving as 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… … Wikipedia
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Jephthah — [jef′thə] n. [Heb Yiphtáh, lit., God opens] Bible a judge who sacrificed his daughter in fulfillment of a vow: Judg. 11:30 40 … English World dictionary
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JEPHTHAH — one of the Judges of Israel, famed for his rash vow in the event of victory to offer in sacrifice the first object that came out of his house on his return, and which happened to be his daughter and only child, and whom it would seem he… … The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Jephthah — /ˈdʒɛfθə/ (say jefthuh) noun Bible a judge of Israel. Judges 11–14 … Australian English dictionary
Jephthah — /jef theuh/, n. a judge of Israel. Judges 11, 12 … Useful english dictionary