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The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34Interpreting Dinah's Silence$
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Caroline Blyth

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589456.001.0001

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The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34

Caroline Blyth

Oxford University Press

In the conclusion, the author reiterates the insidious influence of rape myths within ancient and contemporary culture. These myths only serve to ensure that rape survivors are consistently denied access to a means by which to make their voices heard. Within the text and interpretive traditions of Genesis 34, many of these same myths are given voice, ensuring that, as a literary rape survivor, Dinah too has been and continues to be silenced. Moreover, the failure of biblical interpreters to challenge these harmful misperceptions about sexual violence expressed within the biblical traditions may only serve to validate and perpetuate such misperceptions within the communities in which these texts are subsequently read. The author therefore calls biblical scholars to an increased awareness of their ethical responsibility to lift up their voices in protest against those rape myths which ensure that the voices of rape survivors remain unheard or ignored.

Keywords:   rape myths, rape survivors, sexual violence, Dinah, Genesis 34, biblical interpreters

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