Tamar and Judah (2)

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3. Ethical Evaluation

If the Tamar-Judah event was possible because of the temple prostitution, how could we evaluate their behaviors?

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Tamar and Judah (1)

1. What Happened

In Gen 38, we find an incestuous event between Tamar and Judah. Tamar, the first daughter-in-law of Judah, disguised herself as a prostitute to seduce Judah and had an illegitimate relationship. To modern readers’ eyes, it is hard to believe that such things can really happen to one of the great ancestors of Israel. It is too abominable! If you consider ancient cultures, however, It is possible to happen.

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