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5. Josephus' Predecessors

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The polemics of Josephus had predecessors in the third and second century B.C.E. in the form of a series of polemical texts directed at the inhabitants of the area in and around Shechem. Most of them are built upon the story of the rape of Dinah and the subsequent killing of the Shechemites in Gen 34. The story in Gen 34 about the rape of Dinah and the subsequent killing of all the inhabitants of Shechem belongs with those biblical stories which seem relatively isolated in the larger context. We know from Josephus that the Shechemites of his age were branded with the acts of the Shechemites in Gen 34. This technique was not invented by him, but is visible in the several re-tellings of Gen 34 in the second century B.C.E.

Keywords: Dinah; Josephus; predecessors; Shechem

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