December 19, 2009

Vayigash: Something to Notice

These were Leah’s sons whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, along with Dinah his daughter. His sons and daughters were 33 persons in all, male and female.
— Genesis/Breishit 46:15


This is the last mention of Dinah. In the subsequent portion, Vayechi, Jacob blesses his sons, but not his daughter(s). The Torah: A Women’s Commentary* adds that verses 37:55, 46:7 and 46:15 in Genesis/Breishit each mention that Jacob had daughters — plural — but “we have no other details about them apart from these references in passing.”

For a note on the general disappearance of women as Genesis comes to a close, see Leaving Genesis: Departing Women.

Also worth noting, Dinah is identified here as Jacob’s daughter, while she is Leah’s daughter in Genesis/Breishit 34:1.

*Please see Source Materials for full citation and additional commentary information.

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