The story of the Judges continues with the degradation of morality. The first verse of Judges 11 sets up our main character for this historical narrative. Jephthah was a mighty warrior but he is the son of a prostitute. So his dad sleeps with prostitutes and that is how Jephthah was born. His father also had a wife with many sons. When those sons got older they drove him out of his father’s house so that he would have no share of the inheritance. Jephthah has to leave and is surrounded by worthless fellows in Tob (11:3). So Jephthah is completely rejected and driven out from the people.
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