“Do Not Reject Your Mother’s Teaching?!” - The Function of Micah’s Mother in Judges 17

Heidi M. Szpek


This paper examines the function of Micah’s mother in Judges 17-18; how her actions contribute to our understanding of the ‘mother-son’ relationship and the cultus in the book of Judges; and finally, how her actions foreshadow future perspectives on the introduction of idolatry in the Deuteronomic History. These concerns will be addressed by taking a literary approach with particular focus on the characterization of mother and son as presented through their actions, dialogue, narrator comments and irony.. Caveat lector! The present story is an exception to the proverbial saying: “Hear, my child, your father’s instruction, and do not reject your mother’s teaching; for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck” (Proverbs 1:8).

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