A Study of Genesis 34-36
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In Chapter 34, we see how Jacob hugely failed his daughter Dinah. We see how she is taken by Schechem, son of Hamor, Prince of the country. Although Schechem went to his father, the Prince asking him to get Dinah as his wife. Unfortunately, Schechem’s action had caused irrefutable damage.
Sadly, after hearing what had happened to Dinah, Jacob did nothing, choosing to wait until her brothers came back n from the fields. The brothers of Dinah were furious and wanted revenge. The Prince went to Jacob, trying to make things better by suggesting they intermarry, allowing Dinah to become Schechems’s wife. This was absolutely against all rules of the Israelites, but the brothers and Jacob agreed if all the men of Hamor were circumcised. Because Schechem was in love with Dinah, both men agreed.
Three days after all the men in the city were circumcised and not feeling at their best, two of Dinah’s brothers, Levi and Simeon, entered the city and killed all the men. They then took Dinah, ravaged the city, taking anything of value, including their women and livestock destroyed the city. When Jacob heard what they had done, he was grieved as all he could think of what the trouble their actions would bring to him.
Moving into Chapter 35, we see Jacob taking counsel from God. God instructed Jacob to go to Bethel. God blessed Jacob with all the land he had given to Jacob’s ancestors, Bethel, where God spoke to Jacob.
We learn that Rachel dies giving birth to their son, Benjamin. Jacob buried her in Ephrath, Bethlehem. Jacob traveled and settled in Edar.
Genesis 36 goes through Esau’s lineage, a people known as the Edomites. Esau’s descendants lived on Mount Seir. Their livestock and wealth were so great they could not live near Jacob and his descendants.