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Dinah's rape as narrative and ideological crossroads: A revisionist critique and alternate outcome

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Authors
Rivera Betancourt, Loida E
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Advisor
Stephen, Gregory K.
College
College of Arts and Sciences - Art
Department
Department of English
Degree Level
M.A.E.E.
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Date
2024-05-14
Abstract
Dinah’s Alternative Narrative was developed as an exercise for writing fiction starting with the Bible as literature. The story presents a different ending: the marriage of Dinah and Shechem. This alternative outcome provides a rescue of Dinah’s voice, that empowers her to decide what to do with her life and with whom. The narrative reverses the misogynistic and xenophobic intervention of Dinah’s brothers. I consider this story as a watershed in Hebrew identity as held by the Priestly/Redactor version of Genesis 34 that has been regarded as the official version. Dinah’s empowerment as qedeshah is a challenge thrown to a term in ancient Israel weighted with misconceptions and prejudice created by the Priestly/Redactor in a Deuteronomic context, against the cultic functions of these women and exclude them from Temple service. To convey a plausible and realistic narrative, I considered the latest biblical scholarship, including feminist studies, archeological, ethnographic, and linguistic inputs

La historia alternativa de Dina es un ejercicio de ficción partiendo de la Biblia como literatura. El relato presenta un final distinto: el matrimonio de Dina y Siquem. Esta alternativa permite rescatar la voz de Dina que la empodera a decidir cómo vivir y con quién. La narrativa revierte la intervención misógina y xenofóbica de los hermanos de Dina. Considero este relato como una encrucijada que define la identidad hebrea, tal y como la sostiene Génesis 34 del Redactor Sacerdotal, que aún se considera la versión oficial. El empoderamiento de Dina como qedeshah, se lanza como reto a un concepto del antiguo Israel de las funciones cúlticas de estas mujeres, viciado por prejuicios creados por el Redactor Sacerdotal en un contexto Deuteronómico, como excusa endeble para impedir la participación de las mujeres en el Templo. Para transmitir una narrativa convincente, consideré investigaciones bíblicas que incluyen estudios feministas, arqueológicos, etnográficos y lingüísticos.
Keywords
Creative writing,
Alternative history,
Feminist critical biblical studies,
Epistemic disobedience,
Gender studies
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Rivera Betancourt, L. E. (2024). Dinah’s rape as narrative and ideological crossroads: A revisionist critique and alternate outcome [Thesis]. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11801/3679