Chapter

Introduction

Caroline Blyth

in The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589456
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594571 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589456.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces the reader to Dinah, a literary victim of sexual violence, whose story is told in the narrative of Genesis 34. The author raises the issue of Dinah's silence within this narrative and suggests the means by which a feminist interpretation of the text may allow the reader to break her literary silence and grant her a voice with which to tell her story. It is proposed that, by appealing to the cross‐cultural testimonies of contemporary rape survivors who bear witness to their own voicelessness, the reader can gain a new awareness of the complexity of Dinah's silence, understanding it as an intrinsic part of her experience of sexual violence.

Keywords: Dinah; Genesis 34; literary silence; feminist biblical interpretation; rape; sexual violence; rape survivors

Chapter.  8466 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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