Would be interested in knowing thoughts about this passage of scripture. Here are three perspectives (in a nutshell) that I have come across. 1. Jephthah made a vow to God, which superceded anything else. It doesn’t mean the vow was a good thing, but it was a vow nonetheless. 2. Jephthah’s daughter was only to be a “living sacrifice”–she merely remained unmarried the rest of her days, much to her chagrin. 3. The Bible simply reports what happened. This doesn’t mean it was right.