Jacob Punishes the Rape of Dinah

5th century, with medieval and modern restorations
Nave, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

This is from Genesis 34. In the upper panel Jacob pretends to negotiate with Sichem, son of Hemor, regarding the rape of Dinah, eliciting a promise that he will marry her and that he and his people will be circumcised. But his plan is to kill them all while they are recovering from the pain of circumcision, as pictured in the lower register.

This is part of the extensive series of Old Testament scenes portrayed in mosaics along the two walls of the nave. To view the others, follow this link.

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.