Query: Annulment of vows in the Bible

Zvi Grumet's picture

There is discussion in Rabbinic literature critical of Yiftah for not requesting that Pinhas, the High Priest, annul his vow to sacrifice his daughter. Is anyone familiar with a parallel critique of Israel after the civil war surrounnding the concubine in Givah who suggested that the remainig Benjaminites ambush and grab unsuspecting women rather than annulling their vow which prevented them from marrying their own daughters to Benjaminites? 

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Keywords: Givah, Benjamin

For the question of Rabbi Dr. Zvi Grumet: There is discussion in Rabbinic literature critical of Yiftah for not requesting that Pinhas, the High Priest, annul his vow to sacrifice his daughter. Is anyone familiar with a parallel critique of Israel after the civil war surrounnding the concubine in Givah who suggested that the remainig Benjaminites ambush and grab unsuspecting women rather than annulling their vow which prevented them from marrying their own daughters to Benjaminites?

- See Rabbi Chaim Hirschensohn, Ele diveri haBerit, vol. 3, Jerusalem 1928, p. 78 ff.
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Birkat shabat shalom
Admiel Kosman
Potsdam University

On the Concubine at Givah, see David H. Richter, " Farewell My Concubine: The Difficult, the Stubborn, and the Outrage of Gibeah." in Agendas for the Study of Midrash, ed. Marc Lee Raphael (Williamsburg, VA: William and Mary, 1999), pp. 101-122. Shorter Version
The Progress of Romance: The Gothic Novel and Literary Historiography (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1996).
http://people.qc.cuny.edu/Faculty/david.Richter/Documents/concubine.html

Marc Bregman (Jerusalem)