Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

5. Josephus' Predecessors

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

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



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Origin of the Samaritans — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation