Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on the Women of Genesis

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§82 Sarah Trimmer
(1741–1810)

Trimmer's34 remarks on Genesis 34 do not use Dinah's name. Trimmer's brief comments are characteristic of her unwillingness to engage issues in the text which may have been considered improper. Trimmer expected that her readers use her book along with the Bible and so did not need to be reminded of the content of the biblical story. She simply commented on the nature of the story and the lessons, which she thought should be drawn from it.

From Sarah Trimmer, A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy
Scriptures
(London, F. C. & J. Rivington, 1805), 35.

The shocking things related in this chapter "Gen. 34" show that it is dangerous for young women to go about by themselves, and make acquaintance with strangers; and that those people who give way to revenge often commit cruel and unjust actions. Jacob by no means approved of what Simeon and Levi had done; his wish was rather to gain a good reputation among the people of the land by fair and upright dealing.

34 For a biography of Sarah Trimmer, see part 2, "Sarah—First Mother of Israel."

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