Genesis Redux: Divergent Readings



Three disturbing stories:

Lot and his Daughters (Genesis. 19)
Dinah and Shechem (Genesis. 34)
Tamar and Judah (Genesis. 38)

Like the whole Book of Genesis, these three shocking stories represent a theology that is foundational to the theology of Jesus, but only if they are read symbolically with attention to every detail. When interpreted this way, some of the assumptions of the dominant theology and its reliance on the law are challenged and questioned. Deuteronomic theology is the dominant theology of Israel from the late Persian period onward, and it is this theology which Jesus argues with and challenges.

Lyn Bechtel, feminist Hebrew Bible scholar, reveals the true meaning of these three truly disturbing stories.

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