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10922Re: [ANE-2] End of human sacrifice (Was The First Historians?)

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  • George F Somsel
    Jun 30 11:14 PM
      It does not specifically state that she was a temple prostitute, but it definitely calls her זוֹנָהwhich is one who engages in illicit sexual activity.  He is called "the Gileadite" AND it is stated that Gilead was his father.  It is speculated that this means "Who knows who his father was?"  It also states that "they cast him out."  "Get out of here, bastard; you have no inheritance rights." He was a companion to "worthless fellows."  Yes, we wouldn't wish to say anything regarding the "great one", would we?  He is, however, also called גִּבּוֹר חַיִל, a brave man.  He thus lived the life of Robin Hood as did David.  This is the background of the importuning of his assistance by his unaccepting brothers.  He therefore imposes the condition that he shall be their leader, and they accept the terms.  Note that it is said וַתְּהִי עַל־יִפְתָּח רוּחַ יהוה, "the spirit of YHWH came upon him." 
      Thus what he does thereafter is considered to be by divine inspiration so he makes a vow.  This is about as close to approval as you will ever find.  It concludes with an aetiological note 
      מִיָּמִים יָמִימָה תֵּלַכְנָה בְּנוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל לְתַנּוֹת לְבַת־יִפְתָּח הַגִּלְעָדִי אַרְבַּעַת יָמִים בַּשָּׁנָה׃
      which gives account of the origin of the mourning festival which was practiced.george

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      From: Jascha Kessler <jkessler@...>
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:39:56 PM
      Subject: Re: [ANE-2] End of human sacrifice (Was The First Historians?)

      Something is odd here, in Berkeley. Who is Jephthah's mother? His father
      is named Gilead of the Gilead. Was his mother a temple prostitute? All
      Gilead is said to be his father. Manasseh the tribal territory. He runs
      with a bad bunch, meaning clearly that he hangs out with rejects, or
      fatherless lads. [Obama ran with a rough bunch in Hawaii, one of the coeds
      remarked early on. But never mind that.] But the Elders think might be the
      [dispensable? ] leader for them. Not unusual. David was a nobody, as Saul's
      daughter regarded him. Genghis was the least of them all, but he sure
      cleaned their shields for them, all his relatives. Not parallelomania.
      Structural analogy. To get a fair wind, off with Iphigenia. To beat the
      Ammonites, first out of the door on return from battle is the daughter. Vow
      is not afterwards. That would be pointless, a holocause of gratitude. The
      God doesnt need thanks after granting favor, but imprecation beforehand.
      Not the events are parallel, since what is fact for the persons in the
      ILIAD? Similarly, what are the facts of the person in Judges, whose father
      is Gilead the Gileadeans? There is more to this than parsing. There is
      narrative poetry and legend. Who was Circe? Penelope? That later there
      is a David is pretty much a fact. But a nobody to start with.All very odd,
      but not that peculiar, as the riddle used to go.

      Jascha Kessler
      Professor of English & Modern Literature, UCLA
      Telephone/Facsimile : 530.684.5120
      www.jfkessler. com
      www.xlibris. com

      On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Kevin P. Edgecomb <kevin@bombaxo. com>wrote:

      > Quoting Jascha Kessler <jkessler@UCLA. EDU <jkessler%40UCLA. EDU>>:
      > > Jephtha was in a bad spot, and made a hasty vow.
      > I write:
      > He was not in a bad spot. He'd just won a victory.
      > Two girls are sacrificed by their fathers who are military leaders in
      > the two separate stories, but otherwise the similarity ends there.
      > One purposefully vows her as a sacrifice in order to get good wind to
      > sail off to start a war. The other, after succeeding in battle,
      > accidentally vows her, and sacrifices her after a time, but gains
      > nothing good from it. How are these comparable?
      > It is parallelomania to suggest that these two stories are in any way
      > related in their composition, whether in one direction or the other.
      > Regards,
      > Kevin P. Edgecomb
      > Berkeley, California

      Jascha Kessler
      Professor of English & Modern Literature, UCLA
      Telephone/Facsimile : 530.684.5120
      www.jfkessler. com
      www.xlibris. com

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