Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,642 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

JEPHTHAH

Son of Gilead. But his mother was a harlot and Gilead's other sons drove him away lest he share in his father's inheritance. He became a warrior in the land of Tob and was recognized as a valiant soldier (Judges 11:1-3). So much so that when the Israelites were attacked by the Ammonites his people begged him to return home and become their leader (Judges 11:6-11). He assumed the leadership, begged Yahweh for help, and promised to offer a human sacrifice if he won. He achieved a great victory, but tragically, his only daughter fulfilled the condition he had set for the sacrifice and he felt obliged to live up to his promise by killing her even though Israelites considered a human sacrifice a violation of Yahweh's law (Judges 11:30-40). The latter apparently approved, however, because Jephthah won another great victory against the Ephraimites (Judges 12:1-6). For the next six years he became a judge in Israel and was highly respected. When he died he was buried in his home town of Mizpah, in the region of Gilead.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Could respect for the papacy mean resisting the Pope? 7 hours ago
The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6