Chapter 34: Defiled Dinah
Dinah (one of the daughters of Jacob) goes out to meet the women of the land, when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite who was the prince of his country see Dinah. Shechem likes Dinah and decides to sleep with her or as the bible says “lay with her”. Jacob hears that Dinah has been defiled by Shechem and holds his peace. Shechem’s father goes out and meets Jacob to ask about arranging a marriage between his son Shechem and Jacob’s daughter Dinah and even says that his people and Jacob’s people could become one, by marrying each other’s daughters.
Jacob agrees with one condition, that all the males of the land be circumcised, and if they refuse then they cannot marry the daughters of Jacob. Hamor and his people discuss this and agree that Jacob’s people are peaceable and that they desired to do business, trades and selling/buying of land in each other’s cities. All and all they seem to be going along with this idea.
However, two of Jacob’s sons; Levi and Simeon decide that Shechem should be punished for defiling their sister (like brothers should look out for their sister) they go to their land and kill Hamor and Shechem with their sword and take Dinah back to their land. When Jacob finds out what they had done, he gets a little nervous, worrying that they might retaliate and that they would be bigger in number. When Jacob asks his sons why they had done this, they respond by saying something to the effect of “and let our sister be treated like a whore?”
Chapter 35: God Blesses Jacob
God tells Jacob to go to Bethel and make an altar unto him. The Lord appears unto Jacob and re-affirms that his new name will be Israel and that he will still have a great nation be born of him. Jacob sets up his altar and makes a drink offering, which included oil.
Rachel conceives a new son and calls him Ben-oni, but the labor what difficult and she dies while giving birth, Jacob names his son: Benjamin. Rachel is buried in Ephrath which is at Beth-lehem, underneath a pillar that Jacob built.
The sons of Jacob where twelve (12):
- The sons of Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun
- The sons of Rachel: Joseph, Benjamin
- The sons of Bilhah (Rachel’s handmaid): Dan, Naphtali
- The sons of Zilpah (Leah’s handmaid): Gad, Asher
All of these twelve sons, were born to Jacob in the land of Padan-aram. Chapter 35 ends with the death of Isaac, Esau and Jacob bury him.
Chapter 36: Generation of Esau
The generations of Esau, who is “Edom” (See Genesis 25:30):
- The children of Adah the wife of Esau:
- Duke Teman
- Duke Omar
- Duke Zepho
- Duke Gatam
- Duke Kenaz
- Duke Amalek
- The children of Aholibamah the wife of Esau:
- Duke Jeush
- Duke Jaalam
- Duke Korah
- The children of Bashemath the wife of Esau:
- Duke Nahath
- Duke Zerah
- Duke Shammah
- Duke Mizzah
The children of Seir, the Horite in the land of Seir:
- Duke Lotan
- Duke Shobal
- Duke Zibeon
- Duke Anah
- Duke Dishon
- Duke Ezer
- Duke Dishan
The kings that reigned in the land of Edom:
- Bela the son of Beor
- Jobab the son of Zerah
- Husham of the land of Temani
- Hadad the son of Bedad who smote Midian in the field of Moab, the name of his city was Avith.
- Samlah of Masrekah
- Saul of Rehoboth by the river.
- Baal-hanan the son of Achbor.
- Hadar, the name of his city was Pau, his wife’s name was Mehetabel the daughter of Mezahab.
The names of the Dukes that came of Esau:
- Duke Timnah
- Duke Alvah
- Duke Jetheth
- Duke Aholibamah
- Duke Pinon
- Duke Kenaz
- Duke Teman
- Duke Mibzar
- Duke Magdiel
- Duke Iram
Esau is the father of the Edomites.