Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Of course, that whole slaughter for Dinah's sake is ironic since there is no hint of Dinah's feelings or presence in the chapter. It's about her, but she isn't present. Her brothers and father posture and scheme with her boyfriend/rapist's father and brothers, but true to the form of her life, Dinah is invisible. Back in Chapter 32, after her dad, Jacob, wrestles the angel/man/God, we're told that he (Jacob) took his wives, maidservants, and eleven sons on his journey. What about baby girl Dinah? Some versions say "eleven children" instead of "eleven sons," but that won't work 'cause Jacob has TWELVE children. Poor Dinah. Always invisible, but still able to cause a war.