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Rape

Who Is the Victim in the Dinah Story?

We can not imagine anyone but Dinah as the victim, but does the Torah? Do the Rabbis? Understanding the story of Dinah and its reception in historical context can help us reflect on the role of women in ancient Israel and the meaning of sexual violence in a patriarchal society.

Dr.

Alison L. Joseph

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The Debasement of Dinah

Historical-critical scholarship, combined with philology demonstrates that we have been reading (and critiquing!) “The Rape of Dinah” story based on anachronistic assumptions.[1]

Dr.

Shawna Dolansky

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The Rape of the Unbetrothed Virgin in Torah and Assyrian Law

A Comparative Analysis

Dr.

Eve Levavi Feinstein

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Critiquing the Moral Failings in the Bible

A Time-Honored Tradition

Dr. Rabbi

Eugene Korn

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The Story of the Concubine at Gibeah: A Satire on King Saul

Why is the Benjaminite city of Gibeah portrayed as another Sodom—and who is the anonymous Levite from Ephraim who arrives there with his concubine?

Dr.

Sara Milstein

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Marrying Your Daughter to Her Rapist

A Test Case in Dealing with Morally Problematic Biblical Laws

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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