Who was Dinah?

In the Hebrew Bible or Christian Old Testament, Dinah was the daughter of Jacob and Leah, whose violation by Shechem, son of Hamor, caused her brothers, especially Simeon and Levi, to slay the inhabitants of Shechem, although they had induced the Shechemites to believe, if they would submit to circumcision, Shechem, the most honored of all the house of his father, would be permitted to have the maiden to whom his soul clave for wife (Gen 34:1-31).

The political elements of the story (compare Gen 34:21-23 and 30) suggest a tribal rather than a personal significance for the narrative.


IBSE, (in the public domain) with minor edits.