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Tell It on the Mountain brings Jephthah s daughter from the periphery into the center of the story using two interpretive methods to examine Judges 11-12:7. Midrashic interpretation the "filling in" of a story s narrative silences in order to emphasize certain community values, enrich spiritual, ethical, and moral perspectives is allowed, even expected, in Jewish tradition. Interfacing midrashic interpretation and a feminist viewpoint, Tell It on the Mountain highlights the nature of patriarchal texts and the values behind the culture. Miller engages students in timeless questions about patriarchy and the presence and nature of God, in addition to the characteristics of biblical narrative. Students will gain an appreciation of both methodologies, close reading skills, and an opportunity to create midrash while critiquing their own values. Chapters are "Beginning the Dialogue," "Feminist Critique as a Conversation Partner," "A Midrashic Critique as a Conversation Partner," "The Dialogue Itself," and "Invitation to Creating Modern Feminist Midrash."
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It?s one of those horrible stories in the Bible. In a moment of desperation, Jephthah, a judge for Israel, asks God to help him defeat the Ammonites. In return, Jephthah vows to sacrifice whoever comes out of his house to greet him when he returns home in triumph. He wins, and back home his only daughter welcomes him with tambourines and dancing. She, in turn, is soon put to death.Traditionally, Judges 11 has been celebrated as Jephthah?s faithfulness to God. But Tell It on the Mountain is particularly concerned with ?silences? in the text about the daughter?s perspective. What was her name? Does she immediately assent to carrying out her father?s vow? Where was her mother?Barbara Miller challenges modern readers to see an old familiar text through new eyes. She does so by applying feminist critique and Jewish Midrash. Miller engages students in timeless questions about patriarchy, cultural values and the presence and nature of God. In addition, students will gain an appreciation of biblical methodologies and the characteristics of biblical narrative.?This is an enlightening addition to an already outstanding scholarly work. It is recommended as are all the Interfaces titles.? Catholic Library World?Miller employs a clever strategy in expounding the tale of the daughter of Jephthah (Jg 11) by imaginatively assembling a group of modern feminist Biblical experts, medieval rabbis, and non-specialist present-day readers, all of whom attempt to make sense out of a barbaric episode that has taxed the ingenuity of interpreters for two millennia.? Cistercian Studies Quarterly?Tell It On the Mountain removes the masks of the human and renders a look at the inevitably inherent strengths and weaknesses of the human; cause for much introspection of the reader. Tell It On the Mountain is strongly recommended reading for Christian readers.? The Midwest Book Review ?With the skill and grace of a gifted literary artist, Barbara Miller weaves together multiple perspectives gleaned from Rabbinic and feminist studies to present the tapestry of one man?s life, Jephthah, a judge in ancient Israel whose need for acceptance, stature, and affirmation caused him to make a decision that ultimately cost him the life of his beloved daughter. Miller?s study strikes at the heart of the human condition, revealing its folly and its pain, and reminds us all of our inherent strength and vulnerability. This timely volume is a warm ray of light for a contemporary world trying to understand the causes of pain and suffering.? Carol J. Dempsery, O.P., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology (Biblical Studies) University of Portland, Oregon?Miller has written an accessible guide to the intertextual readings of rabbis and feminists, a guide that will help students open themselves to multiple voices and will free them to engage in their own liberating interpretations of the biblical text.? The Catholic Biblical QuarterlyAbout the Author:
Barbara Miller, PhD, is Professor of Religious Studies at Edgewood College.
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