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Bibil Identifier bibil:117188
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Unveiling the Versions: The Tactics of Tamar in Genesis 38:15
Author Huddlestun, John R.
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 3, Issue: 7)
Year (Publication) 2001
Year (Copyright) 2001
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2001
Year (Reference) 2001
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 24 pages.
Abstract Modern interpretations of Tamar's actions in Genesis 38:15 fall into two groups: those who maintain that the veil indicated her prostitute status and those who counter that it only concealed her identity. I argue that the expansion to and subsequent interpretive history of this verse, coupled with the lack of correlation between veil and prostitution historically, suggest that the first mentioned interpretation - Judah believed her to be a prostitute because of the veil - should be reconsidered. Rather, the separation of shroud from profession, both exegetically and historically, provides a compelling historical precedent for the second view, namely, that Tamar's veil concealed more than it revealed.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (M - P) : Tamar, Mezad
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Prostitution
Pericopes Genesis 38,15
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