Genesis 33:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 For a hundred pieces of silver,[a] he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.

In the above text the sons of Hamor are said to have sold a piece of land to Jacob,but they are not mentioned elsewhere else.

Since they seemed to be men of noteworthy who had sold a piece of land to Jacob,why are they not mentioned in the proceedings that followed Dinah's rape.Only Shechem is mentioned.

1)Negotiations for Dinah's marriage

2)Negotiations about circumcision

3)When all males are butchered by Levi & Simeon they are not mentioned at all

Are these really the sons of Hamor?

  • Aren't they the ones who fought the Battle of Tours? :) – Ruminator Apr 30 '18 at 13:47
  • This question makes very little logical sense. – Lucian May 11 '18 at 22:37
  • @Lucian,i see you have never asked any question,quite amazing, only thing you do is d/v my questions thank you – collen ndhlovu May 14 '18 at 9:37
  • @collenndhlovu: No, not the only thing. I also provided this site with about 40 answers and a few hundred comments. I downvoted far fewer of your questions than I felt the need to. – Lucian May 14 '18 at 10:19

We read, in Genesis 34:19: והוא נכבד מכל בית אביו ("he [Shechem] was the most important [or, to be reckoned with; literally, 'being heavy'] person in his father's household").

So, on the basis of this Genesis passage we have a couple of options: (1) Hamor had several sons, who died before Jacob's arrival time. Shechem was the only survived son. In this case, the mention to the sons of Hamor as owners of a field may be a legal title deed their heirs (wifes and/or sons?) maintained to legally 'preserve the name' of each other sons of Hemor; (2) Hamor had several sons, living in the Jacob's arrival time, but - for a reason not explained in the text - only Shechem, along with his father Hamor, was in charge to make important decisions for all the family. In this case, the other sons were included in the general expression "every males", we find in Gen 34:25.

The specification we find in Gen 34:19 is consistent with both the options, with the only difference that, in the case 1, the term בית would indicate the 'household' of Hamor, included his servants, and workmen. In the case 2, the same term would indicate the - strictly speaking - family of Hamor.

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