The violence against Dinah (Gen34:1-34:5)

“Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the region.  When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the region, saw her he seized her and lay with her by force.  His soul was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob.  He loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.  So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, ‘Get me this girl to be my wife.’  Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah.  But his sons were with his cattle in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came.”

Dinah, Leah’s daughter, went to visit some women in the region.  Shechem, the son of Hamor, raped her, ‘saw her, seized her and lay with her by force.’  However, he loved her and spoke tenderly to her and asked his father to get her to be his wife.  When Jacob heard that Dinah hand been ‘defiled,’ his sons were in the field, so he held his peace.  This may be the first recorded rape of a named individual.  There is trouble brewing here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.