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Genesis as DialogueA Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary$
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Thomas L. Brodie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138368.001.0001

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

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

Dinah: Paralysis at Shechem (Chap. 34)

Deborah: Pilgrimage through Bethel (35:1–20)

33 From Paralysis to Pilgrimage (34:1–35:20)
Genesis as Dialogue

Thomas L. Brodie

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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

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