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Bible Study Guide: 

A Disgraceful Thing

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this study, please read the women in Christ Commentary, Dinah and Genesis 34.

Part I The Example of Dinah

1. Genesis 33:18-20 Where is Jacob living when this account takes place? What is the significance of the name Jacob gives the altar he set up?

2. Genesis 34:1-2 What happened to Dinah and why? Why do you think her perspective is not recorded?

3. Genesis 34:3-4 Shechem appears to have a tender side, but would you want your daughter to marry someone who took her by force?

4. Genesis 34:5 What was Jacob's reaction to the abduction of his daughter?

5. Genesis 34:6-7 How did Dinah's brothers Simeon and Levi react? How do you feel about their response?

6. Genesis 34:8-12, 23 Why was Hamor eager to make an alliance with Jacob and his family? Do you think Jacob should have agreed to it? Why or why not? 

7. Genesis 34:13-17, 25-29 What action did Simeon and Levi take to avenge and recover their sister? Why do you think they chose this tactic instead of direct confrontation? 

8. Genesis 34:30 Jacob finally spoke up. Do you think he was justified in rebuking his sons for their action? Jacob had set up an altar to El Elohi Israel which can be translated “mighty is the God of Israel.” (Genesis 33:20) Do you think Jacob or his sons acted as if they truly believed in the might of God? Explain.

9. Genesis 34:31 What is your answer to the question Simeon and Levi asked Jacob? Why do you think Jacob didn't answer his sons?

10. Genesis 35:1-5 Why do you think God was silent about the family's response to Dinah's assault? What did God tell them to do? Why was this a good idea?

11. Genesis 35:2-5 What significance, if any, do you see in the presence of foreign gods among them as contributing to this tragedy?

12. What are all the factors that you see in this passage that led up to this tragedy? How big a factor was Jacob's choice of a campsite? Do any of these factors exist in your community?  Are you able to take any action to change those factors?

Part II Honor God With Your Body

[Editor's Note: This study is not implying that Dinah, or any rape victim, is at fault for the assault on their bodies. Dinah was, as her brothers said, treated as if her body was a commodity to be sold. The Bible teaches respect for the human body and instructs us to treat our own bodies and the bodies of others as holy. The following scriptures are intended to help us consider the perspective of a Holy Spirit led mind  toward sexuality.]

1. Leviticus 19:29 Who does God hold responsible for making girls (or boys) into prostitutes--merchandise to be sold? How does God view this practice and why? How and in what ways do you see this happening where you live? 

2. I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Peter 1:13-16 How are citizens of God's kingdom to be different from those who live as if there is no God?

3. I Corinthians 6:12-20 In what way is sex outside of marriage harmful and to whom?

4. Matthew 5:27-32; James 1:13-15 How do our thoughts lead to harmful actions--sin? How can we guide our thinking into godly attitudes and actions?

5. Genesis 1:26-27; I John 3:1-3; Romans 8:29; I Corinthians 6:19 Why should you respect yourself and others?

6. I Peter 2:11-12; II Peter 3:11-14; Matthew 5:13-16 What influence can you have in your family, church, and community that promotes respect for the human body as part of a whole person?

7. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 11:18-23; Proverbs 29:15-18 How can we teach our sons to behave in a respectful way toward women? How can we teach our daughters to respect themselves? What influence does environment have on our choices? What do you believe is the single most important factor in maintaining a moral outlook and lifestyle?

8. Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Matthew 7:13-14; John 10:7-18; Romans 8:5-17; Philippians 2:5 How does choosing life by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and receiving the Holy Spirit affect our viewpoint and change our actions? If our viewpoint and actions have not changed and become aligned with God's, have we really chosen life?

9. II Timothy 3:1-5 In spite of our best and most sincere efforts, the world in which we live will remain dangerous. What skills, information, and tools can we provide to our children and other vulnerable people so they can avoid assault and exploitation?