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16). The Jews say that the name of Darala was given to domed roofs, as at Jerusalemn. The main street is traversed Succoth at some subsequent period.
through its whole extent by a stream of clear water--a 18. Jacob cume to Shalem, a city of Shechem.?— It is
rare thing in the East. There are some remains referred
to the time of the first crusaders, but no ruins of more anagreed that our translators have erred in rendering w cient date. The population is from 8000 to 10,000, inshalem here as a proper name. The word means peace' cluding 130 Samaritans. Travellers speak with admira. or "safety ;' and the text should be read · Jacob came safe tion of the beautiful valley of Shechem. There is nothing to the city Shechem. Neither our most early nor most
in the Holy Land,' says Dr. Clarke, 'finer than the view modern versions render Shalem here as a proper name. of Nablous, from the heights above it. As the traveller
- Shechem.'- It is interesting to observe the increase descends towards it from the hills, it appears luxuriantly of population, and the progressive appropriation of the land embosomed in the most delightful fragrant bowers, half in Palestine, as indicated by the present text. Abraham concealed by rich gardens and stately trees, collected into had pastured his flocks freely in this vale, where no town groves, all around the bold and beautiful valley in which seems to have then existed; but Jacob finds a town there, it stands.' This valley leads into a fine plain, waving with and is obliged to purchase the land in which he forms his corn in the time of spring, and which is conceived to have encampment.
formed or to have contained. The parcel of ground which The town of Shechem is often afterwards mentioned in Jacob gave to his son Joseph.' John iv. 5. See the Travels the Scripture, and was the scene of several remarkable of Clarke, iv. 267; Elliot, ii. 300; Olin, ii. 339, 365; Lord transactions. After the Israelites had conquered the Nugent, Lands, &c., ii. 172, 180. country, they made it a city of refuge (Josh. xx. 7); and,
19. An hundred pieces of money.'-_-The original is during the lifetime of Joshua, it was a centre of union for
Jpp kesitah, and most ancient translators have rendered the tribes. It afterwards became the capital of the king it by • lambs, as in our marginal reading. Hence have dom set up by Abimelech, but was at length destroyed by arisen the questions, whether the price was really paid him (Judg. ix. 1 sq., 11, 34). It was rebuilt, and grew to in lambs, or that it was the value of so many lambs, such importance, that Jeroboam at first made it the capital or pieces of metal separately of the value of a lamb, of his kingdom (1 Kings xii. 25, compare xiv. 17). It and stanıped with the figure of that animal to authenticate ceased not to thrive after it lost that honour. It subsisted | its value. This last would in reality have been coined during the Captivity, and continued for many ages the chief money, to which it does not appear that the people among seat of the Samaritans, and the centre of their worship, whom Jacob sojourned had as yet attained; although the their sole temple being upon the summit of Mount Gerizim, custom to which it refers may have eventually, and at a at whose foot the city stood (Jer. xli. 5; John iv. 20;
later time, prevailed. Besides, the translation • lambs' is Joseph. Antiq. xi. 8, 6). In the New Testament it occurs not supported by etymology or by the kindred dialects, and under the name of Sychar (John iv. 5). Not long after it all the explanations and conjectures founded upon that interreceived the name of Neapolis, which it still retains in the pretation fall to the ground; and the ancient coin bearing modified Arabic form of Nabulus, being one of the very the figure of a lamb, which has been produced in support few names imposed by the Romans which have survived of one of these interpretations, is undoubtedly a coin of to the present day.
Cyprus. That it was a payment in kind, is disproved by Shechem, as we have seen, stood in the narrow valley the fact that, even in the time of Abraham, merchandise between the mountains of Ebal and Gerizim, in N. lat. was no longer usually exchanged, but actual sales were 32° 17' and E. long. 35° 20', thirty-four miles north of made for metal weighed, or for a number of pieces of metal Jerusalem, and seven miles south of Samaria. It is be of ascertained weight (see the note on xxiii. 16). We lieved that the present town occupies the site of the ancient take the kesitah to have been, therefore, the name of a one, but is probably of more contracted dimensions. The weight. What this weight was must be left uncertain. streets are narrow, the houses high, and built of stone, with | Gesenius not very conclusively infers, from a comparison,
of this text with xxiii. 16, that it was heavier than the follow that the same name was 2000 years before his time, shekel, and contained, indeed, about four shekels. With and in another country, attached to the same weight. at least equal uncertainty, and less probability, others urge Upon the whole, we prefer the conclusion of Onkelos himthat it could not be more than the twentieth part of a self, who derives the word from bop kasat, truth, equity, shekel ; for Rabbi Akiba states that when he was in Arabia
and regards hesitah as meaning no more than that it was he heard the term kesitah still in use as applied to the
good and just merely, with reference either to the quality meah: now the meah, according to Onkelos on Exod.
of the silver or to the weight; and this is supported by xxx. 13, was equal to the gerah, twenty of which went to
xxiii. 16, where the silver with which Abraham bought a shekel,- therefore the kesitah was the twentieth part of a
the field and cave of Machpelah is described as current shekel. But the passing observation of Rabbi Akiba will
money with the merchant.' "The kesitah occurs again only scarcely bear the weight of this conclusion; for although he
| in Josh. xxiv. 32; Job xlv. 11. may have heard the name applied to the meah, it does not !
| unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your
eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will 1 Dinah is ravished by Shechem. 4 He sueth to marry her. 13 The sons of Jacob offer the condition of
give. circumcision to the Shechemites. 20 Hamor and
12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, hem persude them to accept it. 25 The sons and I will give according as ye shall say unto of Jacob upon that advantage slay them, 27 and me: but give me the damsel to wife. spoil their city. 30 Jacob reproveth Simeon and | 13 | And the sons of Jacob answered Lcvi.
Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she and said, because he had defiled Dinah their bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters sister : of the land.
14 And they said unto them, We cannot 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor | do this thing, to give our sister to one that the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, is uncircumcised ; for that were a reproach he took her, and lay with her, and 'defiled | unto us : ber.
15 But in this will we consent unto you: 3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the If ye will be as we be, that every male of you daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, be circumcised; and spake "kindly unto the damsel.
16 Then will we give our daughters unto 4 And Shechem spake unto his father | you, and we will take your daughters to us, lamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. and we will dwell with you, and we will be- !
5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled come one people. Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with 17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to liis cattle in the field : and Jacob held his be circumcised ; then will we take our daughpeace until they were coine.
ter, and we will be gone. 6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went 18 And their words pleased Hamor, and out unto Jacob to commune with him.
Shechem Hamor's son. 7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the 19 And the young man deferred not to do field when they heard it: and the men were the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's grieved, and they were very wroth, because daughter: and he was more honourable than he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with all the house of his father. Jacob's daughter ; which thing ought not to 20 | And Hamor and Shechem his son be done.
came unto the gate of their city, and com8 And Hamor communed with them, say-| muned with the men of their city, saying, ing, The soul of my son Shechem longeth for 21 These men are peaceable with us ; your daughter: I pray you give her him to therefore let them dwell in the land, and wife.
trade therein ; for the land, behold, it is 9 And make ye marriages with us, and large enough for them; let us take their give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters to us for wives, and let us give them daughters unto you.
our daughters. 10 And ye shall dwell with us : and the 22 Only herein will the men corsent unto lanıd shall be before you ; dwell and trade ye us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if therein, and get you possessions therein. every male among us be circumcised, as they 11 And Shechem said unto her father and are circumcised. 114 Illeb, humbled ler.
2 lleb. to her heart.
23 Shall not their cattle and their sub- , and spoiled the city, because they had defiled stance and every beast of their's be our's? | their sister. only let us consent unto them, and they will 28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, dwell with us.
| and their asses, and that which was in the 24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem city, and that which was in the field, his son hearkened all that went out of the | 29 And all their wealth, and all their little gate of his city; and every male was circum- | ones, and their wives took they captive, and cised, all that went out of the gate of his city. spoiled even all that was in the house.
25 | And it came to pass on the third day, 30 | And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye when they were sore, that two of the sons of have troubled me to make me to stink among Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaantook each man his sword, and came upon the | ites and the Perizzites: and I being few in city boldly, and 'slew all the males.
number, they shall gather themselves together 26 And they slew Hamor and Shechein his against me, and slay me; and I shall be deson with the 'edge of the sword, and took stroyed, I and my house. Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out. 31 And they said, Should he deal with our 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, / sister as with an harlot?
3 Chap 49. 6.
4 Heb. mouth.
Verse 5. • Jacob held his peace till they (his sons) were | tices in the world. It may suffice to state generally, that, come.'--His sons being out with the cattle, Jacob, though under sundry modifications, the principle of paying the greatly distressed, felt that he could do nothing till they re father for his daughter is distinctly recognised throughout turned. This was certainly not from any weakness of cha Asia, even where the father actually receives nothing. We racter, and must be explained by reference to the customs of shall confine our instances to the Bedouins. Usages differ the Bedouins, among whom, when a man has children by considerably in this and other points, among the Arabian different wives, the full brothers of a woman are, more than tribes; and travellers have too hastily concluded that the her father, the special guardians of her welfare; her aven customs of one tribe represented those of the entire nation. gers if she has been wronged, and her punishers if she errs. The principle of payment is indeed known to all the tribes, Accordingly we find that the brothers of Dinah took the but its operation varies very considerably. Among some matter entirely into their hands when they returned, Jacob very important tribes it is considered disgraceful for the remaining passive; and that it was Dinah's two brothers, father to demand · the daughter's price' (hakk el bint), nor by the same mother as well as father, who wreaked the is it thought creditable to receive even voluntary presents; final vengeance upon Shechem. Another instance of this among other tribes the price is received by the parent, but occurs in Absalom's avengement of his sister Tamar's is made over to the daughter, constituting her dower. violation. 2 Sam. xiii. 22.
Among other tribes, however, the price is rigidly exacted. 12. • Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will The price is generally paid in cattle; and is sometimes so give according as ye shall say unto me.'-In some previous considerable, as to render it advantageous to have many notes we have had occasion to allude to the dower and daughters in a family. Five or six camels are a very presents required of the bridegroom on his marriage; and ordinary payment for a person in tolerable circumstances, bave referred to this place for a more detailed statement. and if the man can afford it, and the bride is much adSubject to the exceptions to which every general position mired or well connected, fifty sheep and a mare or foal is incident, we think it may be safely stated, that among are added. all savage and barbarous people--and therefore in the early The next stage of this usage is found to prevail among history of every nation which afterwards became civilized semi-civilized people, and it consists in this, that while -the father of a girl, in relinquishing her to a husband, the principle of 'price'is retained, it is customary for the conceives he has a right to receive a compensation for losing father to return part of what he receives, to form a dowry the benefit of her services, as well as for the trouble and for the daughter. In the first instance this dower was, and expense of bringing her up and providing for her wants. is still among many tribes and people, a provision considered The principle is still the same, whether, as among the to proceed from the mere favour of the father, the amount Bedouins, the sum exacted be called the price of the of which depended upon him, and which he was at liberty woman, or is merely described as a 'gift' or present' to to withhold altogether. But when it became an established the father. The antiquity of this usage will appear from custom, it was found convenient to distinguish in the marthis and other passages in the book of Genesis. The clas riage contract how much of the payment made by the sical scholar is aware of numerous allusions to this custom. bridegroom should form the dowry of the bride, and how In one passage of the Iliad an accomplished lady is valued much the 'gift' to the father. To this point the people of at four oxen. In another place, Agamemnou is made to Canaan appear, from our text, to have arrived very early; say, that he would give one of his daughters to Achilles for we see that the dowry' and the gift'are discriminated. without exacting the least present in return. Homer never Among the ancient Greeks also, and indeed among the mentions anything as given to the bride, but always the modern Greeks, we find that the father did not at all times presents which the bridegroom makes to the lady's father. | engross the price of his daughter; but there is mention of It is also related by Pausanias, that when Danaus found two species of payments, one to the father to engage him bimself unable to get his daughters married, he caused it to bestow his daughter on the suitor, and the other to the to be made known that he would not demand any presents | lady whom he demanded in marriage: and to show that from those who would espouse them. (See Coguet, Origine the latter was in effect part of the price, it is sometimes des Lois, ii. 60, where these instances are adduced.) It mentioned that the father gave the dowry to his daughter; would too much extend this note, to multiply examples that is, he gave it out of what he had received from the from the early history of nations, and from existing prac. | bridegroom. In this case we are able to ascertain the existence of usages precisely analogous to those described in and do exist contemporaneously in the same country; the the Old Testament, not merely in Greece and other remote result being determined by local usage, by private feeling countries, but in a kindred and neighbouring nation to the and disposition, or by the respective condition of the families Jews. The Bedouin romance of Antar, which described contracting alliance. the customs which existed in Arabia before the Moham- 20. • And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of medan law had been promulgated, affords very curious their city, and communed with the men of their city.' -Here illustrations on this subject.
we see that Hamor, the prince or king of the town of Shechem It is a step beyond the usage last denoted, when the -which appears to have been founded by him, and called father ceases to derive any benefit from the marriage of after the name of his son- could not agree to the propohis daughter. The bridegroom, however, pays just the sitions made by Jacob's sons until he had consulted the same; but what he does pay, goes to increase the dowry of citizens and obtained their consent. From this and other the bride, and not to enrich the father. It is a still nearer such facts we can gather that the power of the petty approximation to the usages of civilized Europe, when the princes of Canaan, so often mentioned in this book, was of parent thinks proper to render the marriage of his daughter a very limited description. By the constitution of these an occasion of expense to himself, by engaging to make an governments the people had an important share in the transaddition more or less considerable, from his own means, to action of affairs, which were canvassed and regulated in the provision offered by the bridegroom. It is riot unusual general assemblies of the nation. Traces of the limited for considerable persons in Persia, and, we believe, in nature of the more ancient monarchies may be found in Turkey and Arabia, to agree to double the value of the sufficient abundance. The kings of Egypt were subject to goods supplied by the bridegroom. It should be under- severe and troublesome restrictions. The power of the first stood, that all the usages to which we have adverted—of kings in Greece was not more extensive than their territopayment exclusively to the father-of payment divided | ries. One might well compare these ancient kings to the between father and daughter-of the father altogether fore- Caciques and other petty sovereigns of America, who have going his interest in the payments of the bridegroom, or scarcely any authority but in what relates to war, alliances, even of increasing the dowry from his own means—may and treaties of peace.
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7 And he built there an altar, and called
the place "El-beth-el : because there God ap| God sendeth Jacob to Beth-el. 2 He purgeth his
| peared unto him, when he fled from the face house of idols. 6 He buildeth an altar at Beth-el. 8 Deborah dieth at Allon-bachuth. 9 God blesseth
of his brother. Jacob at Beth-el. 16 Rachel travaileth of Benjamin,
8 | But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and and dieth in the way to Edar. 22 Reuben lieth with she was buried beneath Beth-el under an oak: Bilhah. 23 The sons of Jacob. 27 Jacob cometh
| and the name of it was called *Allon-bachuth. to Isaac at Hebron. 28 The age, death, and burial
9 | And God appeared unto Jacob again, of Isaac.
when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to
him. Beth-el, and dwell there : and make there 10 And God said unto him, Thy name is an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee | Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more 'when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name : and he brother.
| called his name Israel. 2 Then Jacob said unto his houshold, and 11 And God said unto him, I am God Alto all that were with him, Put away the strange mighty : be fruitful and multiply; a nation gods that are among you, and be clean, and and a company of nations shall be of thee, and change your garments :
kings shall come out of thy loins ; 3 And let us arise, and go up to Beth-el ; | 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and I will make there an altar unto God, who and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy answered me in the day of my distress, and was seed after thee will I give the land. with me in the way which I went.
13 And God went up from him in the place 4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange where he talked with him. gods which were in their hand, and all their 14 1 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob | where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he
5 And they journeyed : and the terror of poured oil thereon. God was upon the cities that were round about 15 And Jacob called the name of the place them, and they did not pursue after the sons where God spake with him, Beth-el. of Jacob.
16 9 And they journeyed from Beth-el; 6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the and there was but a little way. to come to land of Canaan, that is, Beth-el, he and all | Ephrath : and Rachel travailed, and she had the people that were with him.
| hard labour.
came to pass, when she was in firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, Wat the midwife said unto her, and Issachar, and Zebulun: shalt have this son also.
24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Bename to pass, as her soul was in jamin: she died) that she called his 25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's hand: but his father called him maid ; Dan, and Naphtali :
26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handhel died, and was buried in the maid ; Gad, and Asher : these are the sons h, which is Beth-lehem.
of Jacob, which were born to him in Padancob set a pillar upon her grave : aram. samlar of Rachel's grave unto this 27 | And Jacob came unto Isaac his father
unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is anti srael journeyed, and spread his Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. the tower of Edar.
28 9 And the days of Isaac were an hun22 1 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt dred and fourscore years. in that land, that Reuben went and olay with 29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, Bilhah his father's concubine : and Israel heard and ''was gathered unto his people, being old it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve : and full of days : and his sons Esau and Jacob 23 The sons of Leah ; Reuben, Jacob's buried him.
7 That is, the son of my sorrow. 8 That is, the son of the right hand. Chap. 49. 4. 10 Chap. 25. 8.
Verse 4. ' All their earrings.'-Had these ear-rings been , these structures in memory of those who, with maternal simply ornamental, they certainly would not need to have anxiety, watched over their infancy. been given up with the strange gods.' It would, therefore, 18. She called his name Ben-oni ; but his father called seem that they bore the figures of false gods, or some him Benjamin.'-Here is a very curious instance of the symbols of their power. Such ear-rings are still to be found circumstances under which a name was imposed by the in India and other countries of the East, and are regarded mother, and of a change made by the father to one similar as charms or talismans to protect the wearer against en in sound, but of very different signification (see marginal chantments and against enemies. It seems that the Israelites explanation). We have seen that the names of most of were not in after-times free from this objectionable practice, Jacob's other children, in like manner, were given from for Hosea (ii. 13) represents Jerusalem as having decked some hope or circumstance connected with their birth. herself with the ear-rings of Baalim.
Nothing can be more similar to this than the usages still 8. • Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and was buried be existing among the Bedouin Arabs. Among them the neath Beth-el under an oak; and the name of it was called common Mohammedan wames (except that of Mohammed') Allon-bachuth' (the oak of weeping).- This nurse accom are comparatively rare : most of the names—which are panied Rebekah when she left her native country to join imposed at the birth of the child-are derived from some her destined husband ; she was with her always after, to triðing accident, or from some idea that occurred to the the day of her death: and how she was honoured in her mind, or some object that attracted the attention of the death the text records. This importance of nurses was mother or the women present at the child's birth. Thus, common in ancient times ; but is now almost peculiar to says Burckhardt, if the dog happened to be near on the the East, especially among the Moslems. They indeed occasion, the infant is probably named Kelab (from kelb, seem to feel that the fact of such a connection creates an a dog). It is very probable that the name of Caleb-the almost maternal relation, so as to affect marriages, in celebrated Israelite who alone (with Joshua) was allowed nearly the same way in which in the Roman Catholic to enter the Promised Land, of all the multitude that left church) a godmother has been supposed to become related Egypt (Num. xxxii, 12), and which is identical with thisto the baptised child. A few of the declarations of Mo. originated in a similar way; and also the name of Hamor, hammed on this subject will open this matter to the reader. or rather Chamor, in the preceding chapter, which liteAayeshah (his most favoured wife) says: “The brother of rally means an ass. The application of the latter name the woman's husband who had nursed me came and asked to a prince or emir helps to show the comparative respectpermission to come to me; but I refused him till asking ability of the ass in eastern countries. The same custom the prophet: and the prophet came, and I asked him, and exists to some extent in other Asiatic nations, and even in he said, “Verily, he is your uncle, then allow him to come Africa ; for Mungo Park informs us, that the children of in.") On which Aayeshah remarked : O messenger of the Mandingoes are not always named after their relatives, God! the woman nursed me, not the man.' The prophet but frequently in consequence of some remarkable occursaid : • Verily he is your uncle; then tell him to come in; rence. Thus my landlord at Kamalia was called Karfa, because the man whose wife bas suckled you is your foster a word signifying “ to replace;" because he was born shortly father, and his brother your uncle.' Another circumstance after the death of one of his brothers.' With regard to the elicited from him the declaration : Verily, God hath made name Benjamin, explained to mean “son of the right hand,' uulawful for a child to marry) the woman who suckled it more probably means “son of days;' that is, son of his him, or her daughter, her sister, or her mother-in like father's old age' (see ch. xliv. 10). The difference entirely manner as he hath forbidden it to near relationship.' On depends on the last letter of the name. The Samaritan another occasion he obliged a man to divorce his wife, reads · Benjamim,' which certainly means “son of days ;' because a woman affirmed that she had given suck to both and it is conceived that • Benjamin' is of the same signifiwhen they were infants. More on this subject may be cation, only with the Chaldee termination in for in--just found in the Mishat-ul-Masabih (xiii. v. 1). At present, as we say cherubim' or ' cherubin' indifferenily. The in many parts of India are mosques and mausoleums built question is of interest only because the force of the text by the Mohammedan princes near the sepulchres of their turns upon the signification of the name. nurses. They are excited by a grateful affection to erect: 19. * Ephrath, which is Beth-lehem.'--Ephrath, or