Sunday, December 28, 2008

Jephthah's daughter

Still too much snow and the road is completely impassable. I am making turkey soup and watching Jane Austen movies.

This is an excellent and informative post on the interpretation of the passage on Jephthah's daughter. It is a typical example of how some people seek to soften the contents of the Bible in order to make them more acceptable. It is better to know what is really there are then decide what to make of it.

Some readers of the Bible accept the literal meaning without adjustment - but very few. Most people who deal on this level pick and choose what to follow. Others believe that the scriptures must be interpreted and applied with wisdom in ways that are consistent with the whole counsel of God. And then there are those who believe that certain things in the Bible must be rejected. We all practice a mix of these approaches.

Hebrew Corner 16: Jephthah’s Daughter

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks, suzanne. i've had some worthwhile dialogue there (a story that interests me and which i've written on).

deborah

Ellen said...

I didn't get a chance to wish you a blessed holiday. Thanks for stopping by my blog.