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Analysis Of The Rape Of Dinah

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Biblical scholars often debate on whether or not the rape of Dinah is a legitimate claim. In order for one to form their own opinion, they should read the text of the story as it is written in the Bible. Then, they should read various journals and commentaries to see what scholarly authors have to offer as evidence for their personal opinions of the story. As the biblical text presents in Genesis 34, Dinah is the daughter of Leah and Jacob. One day, Dinah set out to visit some of the women of the land. When Shechem saw her, the son of Hamor, he fell in love with her at first sight and “seized her and lay with her by force” (Genesis 24:2). In fact, he was so in love with her, he asked Hamor to get her for his wife. Jacob quickly got word of the abuse that fell upon Dinah, and when his sons came in from the fields, he relayed the information to them. Hamor went to Jacob to ask for Dinah’s hand on behalf of Shechem, and Jacob offered him a deal. If Hamor would have every man in his city circumcised, then he would allow Shechem to marry Dinah. While Hamor agreed to Jacob’s proposition, Jacob’s sons, Simon and Levi, devised a plan of their own. They were so infuriated with the abuse bestowed upon Dinah that they decided to take advantage of Hamor’s kingdom while they on their third day of healing from their circumcisions. Simon and Levi murdered every male in the city, and the other sons of Jacob followed by seizing anything and everything they could. After this news reached
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