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Verbum et Ecclesia

versión On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versión impresa ISSN 1609-9982


UROKO, Favour  y  ENOBONG, Solomon. Beyond the rhetoric of Genesis 34:1-28: Understanding the rape epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2021, vol.42, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2074-7705.

This article explored the rape of Dinah in Genesis 34:1-28 and its implications to the escalating rape cases during the period of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Nigeria. By examining the rape in the pericope and other key passages in the Old Testament, this article argues that it points towards care and justice for victims of rape, and prosecution of rapists. These social ethics are analysed in relation to the contemporary rape epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. Like the rape in Genesis, rape victims in Nigeria have little or no access to getting justice and counselling from society, non-government organisations and faith-based organisations, against their aggressors (the rapists). These problems highlight the relevance of this biblical narrative for the policyholders, the government and churches in Nigeria. INTRA/INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: This research is based on the impact of rape on the victim and the aggressor in Genesis 34:1-28. Similar to what is obtainable amongst Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic, Genesis 34:1-28 reveals that rape has far reaching implications on the victim and the aggressor. It leads to low self-esteem, hate, suicide as well as the death of the aggressor or victim. Disciplines implicated include Old Testament, Religion, Cultural Studies and Sociology.

Palabras clave : rape; the book of Genesis; COVID-19; coronavirus disease 2019; justice; support.

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