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QQC—Destruction of Shechem

Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Genesis 34

When Simeon and Levi defended Dinah’s honour (she had been taken and raped), they killed all the men of Shechem but “carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.”

Simeon and Levi must have had help. How could they have done this alone, especially given their young ages? Maybe it was from the descendants of the “trained men born in Abraham’s household”? They would have had to have help to carry all the plunder and shepherd all the women and children back to where they were living. Why didn’t the women and children run off? What did Jacob and his sons do with all the women and children? Did these women and children go with them to Egypt? In any case, this addition of people would have greatly increased the size of the household.

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