The Bible describes many crimes, ranging from the most common, such as theft, deceit or betrayal, to the most horrendous, such as rape, murder, war crimes or genocide.
As usual, Serge Janouin-Benanti has dissected these stories and rewritten them in the form of gripping narratives. We thus rediscover in a new light the stories of Cain, Noah, Canaan, Abraham, Lot, Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Joseph, Moses, Phinehas, Joshua, Abimelech, Jephthah, Delilah, Micah, and the Levite of Ephraim… Each of these figures was either the perpetrator, accomplice, witness or victim to a crime.
From earthly paradise to exile: Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel
2- The unknown crime of Canaan
Noah, Shem, Japheth, Ham, Canaan, Lud, Javan, Mitzraim, Cush and Arpacshad
3- Pimping and attempted infanticide
Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac
4- Rape and incest
Lot, his daughters, Ben-Ammi, Moab
5- Multiple deceptions, rape, assassinations
Jacob, Isaac, Rebekah, Esau, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Simeon and Levi
6- Murder, purges, war crimes, assassinations
Moses, Zipporah, Aaron, Miriam, Phinehas
7- Genocide of peoples
Joshua, Eleazar, Rahab, Achan
8- Mutiple fratricides
Abimelech, Gideon, Jotham
10- Venal companion and traitor
Delilah and Samson
11- Theft of Micah and genocide of Laïsh
Tribe of Dan, Micah, Jonathan
12- Gang rape, murder, dismemberment
The Levite of Ephraim
13- Fratricidal war, kidnappings and rapes
The punishment of the Benjaminites, extermination of Jabes in Gilead
Reviews published on Crimes in the Bible :
We were accustomed to the cruel and true tales of Serge Janouin-Benanti in which, after a thorough investigation,
he returned true stories in the form of thrilling short stories.
In dealing with the Bible, the author deprives himself of his usual sources: court records, investigation reports,
witness hearings, period newspapers, analyzes of the social and historical context.
With biblical texts as the sole basis, enriched anyway with historical and archaeological documents available from this
remote period, the author succeeds in his bet to captivate us from beginning to end with stories that we thought we knew by heart.
This book gives us the opportunity to discover the way Serge Janouin-Benanti works. Always as close as possible to
the facts, so as not to betray them, this is the angle from which he approaches the narrative and the analysis of the psychology of the
characters that make all the difference. In the end, the actors come to life in front of us and make the story fascinating.