The Story of Dinah: Rape and Rape Myth in Jewish Tradition

The Story of Dinah: Rape and Rape Myth in Jewish Tradition


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The Story of Dinah examines the intersection of rape culture and Jewish tradition by tracing over two thousand years of Jewish commentary on Genesis 34. Using a definition of rape derived from the Hebrew Bible, Ruit scrutinizes the commentaries on the text for reflections of what would be deemed “rape myths” today. This book journeys through time and tradition as it uncovers the evolution of Jewish thought regarding women, rape, and women who have been violated. Every period examined, from the biblical account and the intertestamental writings all the way through to present day, reveals surprising and powerful insights about Jewish tradition and its attitudes towards women and sexual violation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978702042
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 07/26/2019
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Gavi S. Ruit has taught Jewish studies courses at a number of Southern California universities and currently teaches adult education classes at synagogues in New England.

Table of Contents

Chapter One Introduction: Looking for Answers

Chapter Two Rape in the Hebrew Bible: Was Dinah Raped?

Chapter Three Intertestamental Period: Supportive Beginnings

Chapter Four Rabbinic Period: The Introduction of Rape Myth

Chapter Five Medieval Period: Redeeming Dinah

Chapter Six Modern Period: Orthodox Commentaries

Chapter Seven Modern Period: Progressive Commentaries

Chapter Eight Modern Midrash and Rape Myth: Everything Old is New Again

Chapter Nine Conclusion: Jewish Tradition and Rape Myth

Appendix Annotated Translation of Genesis 34

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