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Author: Lyn M. Bechtel

Title: What If Dinah Is Not Raped? (Genesis 34)

Subtitle: -

Journal: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

Volume: 19

Issue: 62

Year: June 1994

Pages: 19-36

ISSN: 0309-0892 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1476-6728 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Cases: Offenders / Shechem; Cases: Victims / Dinah; Representations: Bible / Book of Genesis


Link: SAGE Journals (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »From a modern, predominantly 'individual-oriented' perspective it is assumed that Shechem rapes Dinah. But is this what the story intends to portray? The conclusion, after a careful analysis of the story and its group-oriented dynamics, is that Dinah is not 'raped'. Instead, the story portrays Dinah and Jacob as folks who are interested in interacting with outsiders (Shechem, Hamor and the Shechemites) that show allegiance to their group values and customs. But Simeon, Levi and the sons of Jacob are militant folks who arc threatened by the impure outsiders and want to maintain strict group purity and absolute separation. The story challenges this isolationist attitude by showing its potential danger for the overall group.« (Source: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament)


  Modern Definition of Rape (p. 20)
  Characteristics of Group-Orientation (p. 21)
  The Meaning of the Verb 'nh (p. 23)
  Biblical Incidents of Sexual Intercourse Using 'nh (p. 25)
  Genesis 34 and the Issue of Rape (p. 27)
  The Image of Dinah ('To Go Forth') (p. 31)
  The Idea of Pollution, Circumcision and Shame (p. 32)
  Jacob's Behavior and Response (p. 34)
  The Mediating Figures (p. 35)
  Conclusion (p. 36)
  Abstract (p. 36)

Wikipedia: Crime and punishment in the Bible; Old Testament: Book of Genesis, Dinah, Shechem