Dinah's Lament. The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation.

Author:Klein, Ralph W.
Position:Briefly Noted - Brief article - Book review
 
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Dinah's Lament. The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation. By Joy A. Schroeder. (Fortress, $35; online $28). This book studies the way that Christians between 150 and 1600 C. E. have interpreted biblical and other narratives about sexual violence. These narratives include Dinah (Genesis 34), a number of virgin martyr legends, the Levite's concubine (Judges 19), David's daughter Tamar (2 Samuel 13); Potiphar's wife and Susanna (Genesis 39 and Daniel 13), plus pictures or sexual violence in Medieval Christian art (picture Bible often made clear that rape is a savage act). Schroeder's story is not a pretty one. Too many of our ancestors blamed the victim or found the cause for the violence in divine...

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