From Paralysis to Pilgrimage (34:1–35:20)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI:
From Paralysis to Pilgrimage (34:1–35:20)

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The next two episodes form a contrast, a form of antithetic parallelism. The seduction of Dinah leaves Jacob motionless and weak (Genesis 34); but then he embarks on a journey that, despite the presence of death, shows energy and strength (35:1–20). Many complementarities are contrasts. For instance, God is completely absent in the first episode, but central to the second. The first begins with seduction (some say rape), the second with purification. Part of the interplay between the episodes concerns the relationship of love and death. The overall picture, reminiscent of the call of Abraham, is of a remarkable transition from paralysis to life.

Keywords: call of Abraham; death; Dinah; Genesis; Jacob; love; purification; rape; seduction

Chapter.  4298 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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