Dinah is raped
Shechem raped Dinah, and then decided he wanted to marry her.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
RAPE The act of a man forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse against her will. Two instances are recorded in the OT: Shechem the son of Hamor, a Hivite, raped Dinah (see Gn 34:2–7), and Amnon raped his sister Tamar (2 Sam 13:14). In both instances, their brothers got vengeance for the rape of their
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
RAPE — the crime of forcing another person to submit to sexual intercourse. The word “rape” does not occur in many English translations of the Bible (KJV, NKJV). The NIV, NRSV, and the REB, however, do use the word (Judg. 20:5; Zech. 14:2). The account given in the Book of Judges tells of the “filthy
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Rape, Sexual Violence
Rape, Sexual ViolenceThe Old Testament often describes a society or individuals in a state of moral collapse and rebellion against God. It is not surprising, therefore, to discover that it records some horrific incidents of sexual violence: when people are alienated from God, depravity and violence
Compton’s Encyclopedia
date rape
date rapeDate rape (or acquaintance rape) is a term used to describe a rape where the victim knows the attacker, either closely or casually; often centers around the issue of consent, with any sexual contact with an unwilling partner being subject to criminal charges; frequently involves one or both
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
RAPE Crime of engaging in sexual intercourse with another without consent, by force and/or deception. Mosaic law required a man who had seduced a virgin to pay the bride price and offer to marry her (Exod. 22:16–17). The rape of an engaged woman was a capital offense (Deut. 22:25–27). In other cases
Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Volumes I–IV
RapeRape, which often involves force, is sexual intercourse without one’s consent. Cultures throughout antiquity addressed sexual matters that affected individuals, families, and communities, including the punishment of rape.
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
RAPE. The modern-day meaning refers to sexual union violently imposed on the victim without respect to gender or age, and is not limited to only the legal sense. The distinction that included violence, however, was not binding in antiquity as a way of describing rape. Under the emperor Augustus, the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
RAPE. An act in which one person uses force to commit sexual violence against another. In the OT and ANE the rape of a woman is usually treated as an offense against another male. Thus, the biblical perception of rape is different from the modern understanding, which places emphasis on the lack of consent
Key passages
Ge 34:1–4

Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her. And he took her and lay with her and raped her. And his soul clung …

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