Simeon and Levi: The Problem of the Old Testament

  title={Simeon and Levi: The Problem of the Old Testament},
  author={Stanley Arthur Cook},
  journal={The Biblical World},
  • S. Cook
  • Published 1 July 1909
  • History
  • The Biblical World
Most students of the Old Testament are familiar with the problem of Simeon and Levi, sons of Jacob. In Gen., chap. 34, the brothers avenge the violation of their sister Dinah by Shechem the son of Hamor, and Jacob freely expresses his abhorrence and fear. In Gen. 49:5-7 their father curses them for their ferocity, and they are doomed to be scattered and divided. Subsequently the Simeonites actually appear in the midst of Judah (Josh. 19:I, 9), while the Levites are priests dispersed throughout… 
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