by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from the blog Redeeming Dinah
All images by Cindy Kunsman from Redeeming Dinah and used with permission.
A ShortHistory of Rachel, Leah, and Dinah
In Jacob’s attempt to avoid his brother, they end up living in Caanan, in Hivite country where the people do not recognize the God of Abraham. Dinah goes out to “see the daughters of the land,” is seen by the Hivite Prince, is taken away, and is raped by him. The King arranges with Jacob to make amends by having the Prince marry her. Sadly, her offended and dissatisfied brothers go out to defend the honor of their sister by slaying all of the men in the Hivite city, and they remove her from her new home. Jacob relocates his family again, but God sees to it that they are not pursued. The Protestant Bible makes no further mention of Dinah.
- She is taken by Shechem (lä·kakh’: to take, get, fetch, lay hold of, seize, receive, acquire, buy, bring, marry, take a wife, snatch, take away).
- Shechem laid with her (shakab: to lie down with in sexual relations).
- He defiled her(`anah: to afflict, oppress, mishandle, humble, be afflicted, be bowed down).
Cynthia Mullen Kunsman is a nurse (BSN), naturopath (ND) and seminary graduate (MMin) with a wide variety of training and over 20 years of clinical experience. She has used her training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine as a lecturer and liaison to professional scientific and medical groups, in both academic and traditional clinical healthcare settings. She also completed additional studies in the field of thought reform, hypnotherapy for pain management, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is often associated with cultic group involvement. Her nursing experience ranges from intensive care, the training of critical care nurses, hospice care, case management and quality management, though she currently limits her practice to forensic medical record review and evaluation. Most of her current professional efforts concern the study of manipulative and coercive evangelical Christian groups and the recovery process from both thought reform and PTSD.
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