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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Posted by vspatz

Virginia blogs on Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day" and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at Vspatz.wordpress.com

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