In vain did the latter plead its privileges as the chosen people of Jahveh, and seek to atone for its guilt by endless sacrifices.
Then you hold, Priest, that Jahveh has power to slay us when he is angry?
And not only was Jahveh a material being, but on the whole he was not a very formidable deity.
He (Er) was displeasing in the eyes of Jahveh, therefore Jahveh slew him.
Jahveh appears as a severe being who must be propitiated with sacrifices.
For Jephthah, Chemosh is obviously as real a personage as Jahveh.
But he was interrupted by the coming of the Sabbath, for Jahveh was in those days, of course, a very orthodox Jew.
Among these, one in particular has since been identified with Jahveh.
A messenger from Jahveh, however, intervenes and a ram is substituted.
At first he wandered aimlessly along the eastern bank of the Jordan, where Jahveh revealed Himself to him in his troubles.