Sidenote: Dinah and Shechem

In Genesis 34, we see the second biblical example of war. Shechem, the son of a local prince, desires Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and rapes her. In response, Jacob’s sons convince the Shechem that Dinah will marry him if he gets his whole city to circumcise themselves (!). While the city is still in pain, Jacob’s sons walk in, kill every male and plunder the city. There is little comment on this series of events, except that Jacob is furious with his sons.

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