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Thoughts on Genesis 34


Exo 22:16 “And when a man entices a maiden who is not engaged, and lies with her, he shall certainly pay the bride-price for her to be his wife.

This is the bad part about it (Genesis 34).

Shechem was being taunted by Dinah. The text speaks of her going “to visit the daughters” of the land. In that she probably told her folks that she was going to visit but her intent was to go and see the boy Shechem. He being taunted by her teasing for the last time ‘took’ her not to some clandestine place but to the ‘ritual’ and lay with her. According to his custom this was all was needed and proof of her virginity with the bloodstained sheet.
However, much more was needed for the Hebrews who were unawares of their daughters whereabouts, and who thought her (by now) dead. Hence, by the time Shechem’s dad arrived to ask for her hand bringing along the brideswealth that was owed according to Jewish law the family was in mourning.
Their arrival and their pronouncement that their daughter was still alive was more than the brother’s could bear. Here they were (the pagans) had dishonored them by 1) taking their sister, and 2) without their knowledge breaking the LAW OF THE MOST HIGH.
The act was not rape, it was lack of respect in honoring the custom of the Yehudim.

Read: Dinah|Bible

 

Watch: Jacob and Esaw

 

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