Genesis 34

March 7, 2017

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March 7, 2017: Genesis 34

First, a discussion on how to approach the Bible from a historical or literary perspective.

Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, has sex with a Hivite named Shechem. Shechem decides he wants to marry Dinah, and agrees for his entire family and city to go through circumcision to remain on friendly terms with Jacob's family. Simeon and Levi, two of the sons of Jacob, take the opportunity to kill the men as they are still recovering from their circumcisions, and plunder the city. Jacob reprimands his sons for making their relations with their neighbors more tenuous than it needs to be. Simeon and Levi don't care.

Questions to consider:

* (After the dicussion on translation issues) Do you think Dinah was a willing participant with Shechem, or did Shechem make Dinah do something against her will?
* Depending on your answer, does that make you more or less sympathetic with Jacob? With Simeon and Levi?

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