Redeemed by His Love? The Characterization of Shechem in Genesis 34

  title={Redeemed by His Love? The Characterization of Shechem in Genesis 34},
  author={Caroline Blyth},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Old Testament},
  pages={18 - 3}
  • C. Blyth
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • Linguistics
  • Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
This article gives consideration to the apparent `rehabilitation' of the character of Shechem in the narrative of Genesis 34, following his initially negative portrayal as the rapist of Dinah, Jacob's daughter. Through a close analysis of the Hebrew language used by the narrator within this text to describe Shechem's actions and emotions, this article argues that this biblical rapist's depiction is perhaps not as `redemptive' as it may first appear. Furthermore, the article takes to task those… 
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Why did Simeon and Levi rebuke their father in Genesis 34:31?
Jacob felt he had no choice but to agree to the marriage of Dinah to Shechem (who had abducted her for marriage), on condition that the men of Shechem undergo circumcision. However, Dinah's brothers
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