Jacob Is Told of the Rape of Dinah

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

In the upper register Jacob buys from the sons of Hemor a field in which to pitch his tents. See Genesis 33:17-20. In the lower register he is informed that one of the sons of Hemor has raped his daughter Dinah. See Genesis 34.

This is part of the extensive series of Old Testament scenes portrayed in mosaics along the two walls of the nave. Follow this link for links to the others.

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