quote:that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man.
Where does it say he killed and burned her?
From my link:
Let us now use logic. Would God reward with victory a person who is capable of sacrificing human beings? God granted victory to Jephthah after his vow. If his vow was a human sacrifice, which was strictly forbidden and punished with death by the law of God; would God grant him victory?
In verse 29 it says that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah. Would the Holy Spirit be upon such a horribly confused religious murderer? He wouldn't be, of course. If Jephthah promised to kill and burn a human being the Holy Spirit was not going to be upon him.
"Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, and he passed over Gilead,
and Manasseh, and passed over Mizpeh of Gilead, and from Mizpeh of Gilead he
passed over unto the children of Ammon." ( Jdg 11: 29 )
This same reasoning can be made after reading Heb 11: 32. There, Paul commended Jephthah among several other biblical heroes. I don't think that if Jephthah killed and burned his daughter in a pagan altar, Paul was going to use him as a good example to be imitated by Christians.
"And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and
of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the
prophets" ( Heb 11: 32 )