Jacob’s sons would contemptuously combine two acts of bloodshed – a mercy commanded by God and a vengeance abhorred by God – for the sake of their own honor. There would be no animal substitute for the firstborn of believing Hamor.
The seduction of Dinah and the retaliation by her brothers is given to us as a five act play. Through this structure, the author cleverly links these tragic events to their greater significance within the “fivefold” Abrahamic Covenant.
We saw that the content of Genesis 2 is meticulously arranged as a “social” version of Genesis 1, that is, a human temple. However, the formula is triune, which brings us to the third cycle in this literary architecture: Genesis 3. Where Genesis 1 describes “being,” and Genesis 2 describes “knowing,” Genesis 3 brings humanity to “doing.” The focus moves from the physical, to the social, to the ethical: Father, Son, Spirit.
Sacred Architecture in Numbers 2
What is the significance of the placement of the tribes of Israel around the Tabernacle in the book of Numbers?
One observant reader of Bible Matrix pointed out that the order of the Tabernacle furnishings in the seven speeches in Exodus 25-31 does not in fact correspond to the Creation Week. There is a good reason for this, and it is “Trinitarian” in nature.