Rape & The Hurrians

This is something else, Jacob’s done nothing for You accept he’s true to You so You changed Esau’s heart. 

No one else could have done that but You, not even the devil has power to do that, and even if he did he wouldn’t.

“And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 

And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. 

And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel. 

And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. 

And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come” (Gen 34:1-5).

“When Dinah’s brothers came home from the field Jacob told them what Shechem had done to their sister and their blood boiled. 

Dinah’s brothers slay Shechem

Hamor had apologized for his son and was willing to pay a large dowry for Shechem’s actions if they would let the two marry. 

Jacob’s sons said they couldn’t do that because they were circumcised and Hamor and his people weren’t (these people were Canaanites and Perizzites and not with God). 

Hamor then asked if everyone in the village was circumcised would they allow it, and they did agree on that.  Jacob wasn’t happy about this, but he wanted to keep the peace. 

His sons were infuriated and they weren’t looking for peace, but justice” (34:6-23). 

“And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every 1male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city. 

And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males. 

And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out.

The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 

They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field. 

And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house (Gen 34:23-29).

Jacob was now worried because he thought other Canaanites and Perizzites would come and kill all of them, but Dinah’s brothers didn’t care, they were not going to let anyone get away with raping their sister” (Gen 34:30-31).

The Perizzites occupied the southern area in the land of Canaan in the portion given to Judah, Simeon and the sons of Joseph.

Remember, God had told Abraham that he and all of his men, and any new born after eight days had to be circumcised or God would not accept them (Gen 17:10-14). 

The circumcision still stands today, but since Jesus came the circumcision no longer pertains to the body, but to the heart, i.e., faith in Jesus.

“For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day” (Acts 2:25-29).

“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Phil 3:3).

“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” (Rom 7:6).

The Hurrians

The Hurrians (aka Hurri or Khurri) were a Bronze Age people who flourished across the Near East from the 4th millennium BCE to the 1st millennium BCE. Hurrian is also the name of the language these people spoke and, indeed, is the one constant and identifying feature of the culture over time and geography. Hurrians formed the principal cultural element of the Bronze Age Mitanni kingdom and blended with the culture of the neighbouring, and then conquering, Hittites. By the late Bronze Age, the Hurrians had been assimilated into surrounding cultures in the Near East but many of their gods and myths would live on in later cultures, notably the Urartu civilization, and even inspire elements of myth found in Archaic Greece.

The Hurrians entered north­ern Mesopotamia, apparently from the Caucasus region, during the 3rd millennium B.C. and scattered across the ancient Near East.

They were well established in the area by the 18th century B.C. and created the kingdom of Mitanni in the northern terri­tory between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers by the mid-6th century B.C.

This king­dom became a major international player during the mid-2nd millennium B.C., but its location between the areas inhabited by the Egyptians, Hittites and Assyrians rendered it vulnerable to attack. By about 1250 B.C. Mitanni had ceased to exist as a kingdom.

Little is known about the Hurrian lan­guage because most of the documents these people left behind are in Akkadian rather than in their own language. It is certain, how­ever, that the Hurrians were not Semitic.

Kubaba is the Hurrian Goddess of the city of Carchemish. She was usually depicted as a regal woman wearing a long robe, either standing or seated on a throne. She holds a mirror and a pomegranate, symbols of magic and fertility. She was adopted by the Hittites after the fall of the Hurrians, and eventually evolved into the Phrygian Goddess Cybebe, later known as Cybele to the Romans.

In Nuzi, a Hurrian city east of the Tigris River, archaeologists have discovered an archive of cuneiform texts that reveal much about ancient Mesopotamian culture.The Hurrians worshiped such deities as a storm god, a sun god and a moon god in a Meso­potamian temple/pantheon (temple dedi­cated to multiple gods).

Excelling in metal­lurgy and glass making, they also were known for an intricately decorated pottery now called “Nuzi ware.”

Some scholars have sug­gested that the Biblical Horites were Hurrians, but this is most like­ly incorrect.

The Horites were a late 3rd millennium tribal group indigenous to the region of Seir, south of the Dead Sea, whereas the Hurrians were a people who entered northern Mesopotamia from the north dur­ing the 2nd millennium.