It’s been some time since I found a book that makes me forget everything I have to do and fall into the story. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is one of those books.
How appropriate to read a book about Issac and his brood! The book is the ‘untold’ story about Dinah, who is mentioned briefly in Genesis 34. In Genesis, Dinah is raped by Shechem and her brothers take bloody revenge against the people who have violated their sisters. This small passage is the only mention of Dinah in the entire Bible.
A brief search through the Internet shows that Dinah had a deeper place in history than what is mentioned in the Bible, and this book explores that history. This article shows a comparison to the modern teen and Dinah, and is worth a perusal.
The Red Tent is a story of love and redemption, how a young woman observes some of the inequities of her time and how she rebels against it to try and forge her own way. Not for the faint, this book is a raw look at sexual awakening but not a book to titillate. Anita Diamant does a wonderful job of recreating the time she writes about without trying to insert a modern view.