The following is a story based on Genesis Chapter 38.
Tamar stands motionless beside the dusty road, waiting. She has removed her widow’s black garb and enveloped her face in a winding veil.
Her name Tamar translated into English “date palm”, is a stately image, standing tall and upright in demand for honesty. Her life is stalled, as Judah, father of her late husband, refuses to give her his third son in marriage. And so she stands beside the dusty road, waiting for Judah to pass by and notice her. When he does, with womanly wile and a seductive smile she tempts him. In lieu of payment, he gives her three signs: his signet, wrap, and staff, as guarantee, symbols of his “honesty”.
Months later. Judah refuses to acknowledge that the child is his. He rages in fury at her presumptuousness — she dares to challenge his power. He will have her punished—burned at the
stake. Then Tamar produces her proof, the signs he gave her. She accuses him: “I am with child by the man to whom these belong!” At the last moment before the flames begin to lick at her robes, Judah admits the error of his ways.
GOD RECOGNIZES THE TRUE HONESTY OF TAMAR’S CASE, AND REWARDS HER WITH TWIN BOYS, ONE OF WHOM BECOMES THE ANCESTOR OF DAVID.
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