Dinah, Genesis 34 ver. 1.0.2
Not Proactive, Not Assertive, Ignorant of Hormones
Genesis 34 is a lesson in the consequences of being ignorant of the hormones that the Creator of the Universe planted in each and every one of us – being ignorant of the human benefits of hybridization. The resulting consequences of non-proactive, non-assertive communications to others, specifically to those with authority over the situation at hand, can be devastating.
Jacob, the son of Isaac, deceived his father into giving him the birthrights of his twin brother Esau. His brother had sworn to kill him for this deception. Jacob’s mother, Rebecca, the sister of Laban, had told Jacob to go to her brother’s home in Padden Aram and find a wife from his own family’s line. Jacob met Rachel, the younger sister of Leah. It was love at first sight for Jacob. Jacob had asked Laban to give him Rachel for his wife.
The following statements are not in the Bible, but probably should have been and probably would have if the writers were knowledgeable of Adlerian Psychology. Jacob was raised in his family as the younger brother of his twin brother Esau. Rachel was raised as the younger sister of Leah.
When choosing a mate, one should consider matching skill packages. [i] Each of us have a skill package that consists of the innate, knowledge of the hybridized DNA of our parents and the environmental knowledge we gained from growing up in our family of origin. In addition, we possess the knowledge that we learned from our experiences in life and our own personal studies that we have undertaken. [ii]
From Dr. Leman, the “lastborns” in a family (in this case, Jacob and Rachel) whose characteristics would be impulsive and not organized in their behavior; they would be perceptive and feeling free of the restraints of the culture in which they are living; they would be more focused on the overall picture than on the details. Leah, on the other hand, would be considered as a firstborn with firstborn characteristics which are: organized, pays attention to the details, obeys all the rules of their society, assertive (50 percent chance, but with a same sex sister of less that five years age difference, probable). Although I’m sure Laban did not possess this detailed information on his daughters, he certainly knew the characteristics of his daughters and had made an assessment of the characteristics of Jacob.
Therefore, Laban, in making an effort to match Jacob up with the daughter with the complimentary skill package to Jacob, made the offer to give Jacob Rachel as his wife after Jacob has worked as an indentured servant to him for seven years. Seven years of getting to know Jacob would give Laban time to assess Jacob’s skill package. After the seven years of servitude, Jacob was awarded Rachel to be his wife. After the marriage ceremony, Jacob returned to his tent and under the cover of darkness Laban slipped Leah in with Jacob. In the light of the morning sun and after Jacob had “come inside of Leah” (Bible language for sexual intercourse), he was shocked that he had taken Leah as his wife as sexual intercourse was the consummation of the marriage. Jacob confronted Laban on the switching of sisters. Laban offered Rachel to Jacob after the wedding week of seven days for another seven years of indentured servitude. After another seven years to pay his debt for Rachel, Jacob agreed to another seven years of indentured service to acquire assets for his family. Using his ingenuity, Jacob increased his herd of sheep and other assets at the expense of Laban.
Jacob then had it in mind to return to his family and make peace with his twin brother Esau. Jacob accomplished that mission and took up residence separate from his family of origin. Jacob had six sons by his wife Leah and then Dinah was born, the only girl in a family with a total of twelve sons. When Dinah was a young teenager, her body changed right on schedule. Her hormones took control of her mind and body and it was time to find a mate. Evidently stating that she is off to meet other women in the area, she ends up with Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivite. She undoubtedly performed her female magic on this young man and he ended up “violating her” (sexual intercourse before marriage).
Dinah’s brothers heard of this incident and became enraged at this young man. The young man agreed to take Dinah as his wife, but the brothers did not agree, as this society had very different social customs than their clan. The brothers agreed to this marriage only if all the men in this clan became circumcised as they were. When the whole clan was circumcised and still in pain, two of Dinah’s brothers attacked this clan with their swords (for this era they would be made of brass) and killed all the men in the clan and seized all their property, wives and children, as their plunder.
During this whole episode, Dinah was silent of her activities in this “violation of her virginity.” Dinah was not proactive, not assertive, and made no mention of her involvement in these activities. This situation seemed to follow the protocols for a “shotgun wedding” or “how to get a husband the desperate female way,” when her mind and body were under the control of her hormones which were placed in her by the Creator of the Universe.
The Take Away Lesson
When someone assumes a non-assertive, passive position, holding back facts that could benefit an accused person or group of persons, may result in causing great harm, pain and suffering to these accused persons to whom your voice could have prevented judgment; it is this judgment that results in pain and suffering of the accused.
Project Your Voice
The Creator of the Universe gave us a diaphragm located below our stomach. This organ is used to push air over the vocal cords and into the resonate cavity, a.k.a. our mouth cavity. The larger the resonate cavity, the greater the volume of air that is moved and the louder the sound of speech and singing. Opening this resonate cavity (the mouth) widely allows the expelled air to interact with the air around us, producing a sound wave that travels to the ear drum of the listener, where it is converted to electrical signals and is heard in the brain as speech or singing. Observe the news reporter on the television. See how wide they open their mouths when speaking. This process is known as “voice projection.” It should be used when communicating with any person or group that is father away from the speaker than a coffee shop table. This voice projection will enable you to come to anyone’s defense and put forth your own observations of the events at hand.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Learning how to project your voice is no different than learning any activity; the key word is practice. Here is an illustration of how to start this voice projection process. Put your hand on top of your stomach while seated in a chair. Bend over until your hand is touching your legs. This action will cause the diaphragm to move in and out. Transfer this motion to a standing position and push your belly button out and then slowly retract the belly button, expelling air out of your mouth. Now there is no excuse for not speaking up when you can provide insight or evidence to any situation – even in a classroom where it would improve the flow of information. If the speaker asked to be recognized by the group leader before speaking, that would also improve the interactions of the group.
The Creator of the Universe, “God,” has predestined all activities in His universe, including when to find a mate to reproduce the species. These hormones are released into the body at the proper time by the brain, where the creator is present, [iii] at the control center for our bodies. “God has provided a way for all life, but man strives to find his own way.” [iv] It is this acceptance of what has been predestined by the Creator that brings peace to the mind and to the Earth.
Dinah was at the age where her hormones would be in control of her mind and body. Finding a mate to reproduce the species had become her priority. Inbreeding, such as was performed by Abraham and Sara, his sister, combines DNA with faulty genes to be passed down to the next generation. Hybridizing with a mate outside of the family of origin, any another than is a first cousin, can eliminate the faulty genetic factor from the DNA sequence, resulting in descendants who are stronger and more resistant to diseases, viruses and microorganisms to which the human species is subjected. Compare these facts with the history of purebred canines being more susceptible to these listed illnesses than mutts (hybridized canines)!
Dinah was on the right path to finding a mate outside of her twelve brothers. But when the relationship with her perspective mate exceeded her expectations, she did not inform her brothers of her complicity in the situation, resulting in the death of all the males in this clan! It is this writer’s experience with adult singles groups that the single ladies often chose the leader of the group, if he is also single and available, for their prospective mate, therefore, it is reasonable that Dinah would chose the leader of the Hivite Clan’s son for a mate. One can only speculate on how the slaughter of her prospective mate and his clam by her two brothers affected her emotionally; this had to be a devastating experience for her. She just wanted to find a mate outside her clan of brothers! Just like all the mammals in God’s kingdom, she chose who she thought had the best genes to pass on down to her offspring.
He who has ears, let them hear.
[i] Dr. Kevin Leman drlamen.com
[ii] Robert C. Solomon, ”Introduction to Philosophy”, Pub. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986
[iii] Marvin Meyer, Editor, “The Nag Hammadi Scriptures”, “Gospel of Mary” (Magdalene), Pub. HarperOne, 2007, P 742
[iv] The Bible, Proverbs 16