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Jun 27, 2022
Genesis 34 - The Rape or Marriage of Dinah & the Weaponization of Circumcision
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Genesis 34 has one of the most interesting narratives in the book of Genesis.

This chapter acts an as etiology for Israel's relationship to the people of Shechem (which becomes a really important area in the 2nd Temple Period) and the personality of the various tribes (specifically Simeon and Levi).

This chapter also includes a notable scene with one of Jacob's daughters: Dinah. Interpretation varies as to whether this is a rape or a controlling intervention by her brothers, but sexual uncertainty pervades the essence of the chapter.

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