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It's not the intent to be exhaustive in covering everything, or even to tell you what you should think about a given text. The main idea is to give you a starting point to begin thinking through and engaging with the text yourself, whether you a seasoned Bible student, or this is your first time reading the Bible. The reading selections are kept purposefully small, to make it as easy as possible to develop the discipline of regular Bible reading, and more importantly Bible engaging! It also helps make it possible to catch up if you fall behind a few days.
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?