Day Fifteen, Genesis 34-35
In this episode of rape and revenge, I look at the revenge that Dinah's brothers took on all of the men of the city, by killing all of them, and I'm reminded of the human tendency to repay an evil even worse than what was done to us when we were wronged.
After Jacob's sons kill all the men in the city, Jacob is afraid of the type of relations he will have with the other peoples in the land, so they leave and head toward Bethel, where the Lord first appeared to him when he was first fleeing to Laban's many years ago.
They get rid of their foreign gods, purify themselves, and worship the Lord at Bethel. Once again Jacob sets up a pillar and pours out on it a drink offering to the Lord.
As this day's reading ends, Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin, Ruben sleeps with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Isaac dies and is buried by Jacob and Esau.