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Dinah meaning

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🔼The name Dinah in the Bible

The name Dinah occurs only once in the Bible, as the only daughter of Israel's arch-father Jacob (Genesis 30:21). Her mother is Leah, and Dinah is Leah's seventh child and Jacob's eleventh child, only to be followed by the two sons of Rachel, Joseph and Benjamin.

On account of Dinah's rape by Shechem the Hivite (who actually wished to marry her, even afterwards — Genesis 34) Dinah's brothers Simeon (Jacob's son number 2 who rose to number 1 after Reuben slept with Bilhah — Genesis 35:22 & 49:4) and Levi (Jacob's son number 3, and later number 2) first manage to make the men of Shechem's town circumcise themselves and then kill them all by sword and loot the place (that means steal all the livestock, women and children). When Jacob hears of this he mentions nothing about any ethical rules that were transgressed but rather his fear for political or military retaliation (Genesis 34:30).

On his deathbed Jacob curses the brothers and disperses them into Israel (Genesis 49). The tribe of Levi became the landless priestly clan, and Simeon was assimilated by Judah. Judah was son number 4, but moved up the list because of the actions of his three brothers Reuben, Simeon and Levi.

🔼Etymology of the name Dinah

The name Dinah is the feminine form of Dan and both come from the verb דין (din), meaning to judge or plead:

🔼Dinah meaning

For the meaning of the name Dinah, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Judgment; Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names gives Judged, i.e. Vindicated.

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