This is the last of the bits I wrote for the Midrash class. I apologize for its length, 2,800 words. It was my final paper. The Biblical story tells us nothing about Jepthah’s daughter: not her name, nor her upbringing (Jepthah was an outlaw, remember?), nor what went on while she and her maiden friends were in the wilderness. I have to admit to liking happy endings. I’ll only say that she does not get sacrificed. Follow the link above to find out how that happened.
The conflict between Isaac & Ishmael is often used to excuse the grudges between Muslims and Christians. A different interpretation of the text provides a different picture, one where war in the Middle East is not perpetual, and where peace is indeed possible. Posted in Midrash