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.
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?
Sacred architecture was always a form of promise, a model of what was yet to come. All of the furnitures in the Tent of Meeting found their fulfilment in the offices and ministry of the people of God, and eventually in Christ. So, it should not surprise us to find that the birth order and names of the twelve sons of Jacob, as his “house,” follow the pattern of the cosmic dwelling established in Genesis 1.