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Dave: Murder, intrigue… death and destruction!!!!
Jeff: It’s all there – in the Bible.
Dave: In Judges 11:29-40 Jephthah sacrifices his daughter to God.
Jeff: And Evilbible.com says that God is allowing child abuse here.
Dave: What’s going on? Did God approve of this murderous sacrifice?
Jeff: Using the “D” in our CRACKED acronym we can figure this out.
Dave: The “D” stands for DIALECT – what type of language is being used, what’s the genre of writing?
Jeff: Clearly this is not an action approved by God. The DIALECT or the GENRE here, is only an historical narrative.
Dave: It’s recorded facts about what happened, not commands about what to do.
Jeff: This historical narrative is showing why the Israelites have a certain holiday. In fact, God has forbidden child sacrifice elsewhere.
Dave: Common sense tells us that child sacrifice is abhorrent behavior, and we should give some credibility to the author here – he isn’t approving of it, just recording it.
Jeff: It would be pretty scary to think how someone would view us if they thought everything in our history book was something we liked.