Notes for Judah ben Israel King of Goshen: Judah & Tamar Three Tamarís appear in Scripture. Our focus is on Tamar, Judahís daughter-in-law. Some will see her as a parasite and others will see her as persistent. Judah is the fourth son born to Jacob and Leah. This family story is generally assigned to the J tradition and highlights some basic human concerns: Parental anguish and love, duty and honor, guilt and righteousness, trickery and revelation, childlessness and sibling rivalry.
Er and Onan (Deut. 25:5-10) were both married to Tamar and both died. Because of the levirate law the younger brother Shelah was to marry her next. Judah isnít about to have another die because of "this" woman. Judah banishes Tamar from his home and sends her back to her father. As a childless widow in her fatherís house, she has no future financial security, she is cut off from her husbandís family and inheritance, she is not legally free to marry anyone else as long as a brother of her husband is alive. She is an outcast in both houses.
The wife of Judah dies, he mourns for the appropriate time and then resumes life. (Gen. 38:12-19) Soon, Tamar is found to be with child: Judah, as head of the family that appears to have been dishonored, has the power of having her "and the man" stoned. Check Lev. 20:12 & Lev. 18:15.
Tamar fits the characterization of a biblical trickster, one who is able to change the course of events by taking definitive action. A trickster is shrewd, insightful, creative, and can change the course of action. Tamar had nothing to lose-she pushes the edges of tradition and wins. She gives birth to twins, like Rebekah, Judahís grandmother.
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Marriage Notes for Judah ben Israel King of Goshen and Tamar: When Tamar heard her father in law was coming, she took off her widow clothes and dressed like a prostitute. When Judah arrived he slept with Tamar for a price of a small goat, he left his staff and seal as deposit. She became pregnant, but after he left she returned to her widows clothes, and was later charged with prostitution and Judah was notified because she belonged to his house. he said to burn her, but she produced his staff and seal, and said this is the man I slept with. Judah gave pardon because the law says she should have been given to Judah's youngest son, but he didn't do it because he thought his last son might die too. Genisis: 38
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