Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 24, 2014

Women of the Bible Study ~ Focus on Tamar


This week we are studying the story of Tamar.  She is one of five women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew 1.  Let’s first read the key passages in our bibles; Genesis 38 and Matthew 1:3, and then come back here to click the link which will take you to the excerpt of her story found at

Tamar, Daughter-in-Law of Judah

The name Tamar, as defined in the above reading, is “date tree” or “palm tree”.  In my curiosity to know more about her story I found some other meanings of her name…

Tamar means ‘date palm’, source of food, shade, life.

When you consider the other meanings of her name…source of food, shade and life, doesn’t that help you to understand why she was included in the list of Jesus’ blood lines.  We learned last week, in the story of Leah, that Jesus would come from Judah’s branch of the family tree and now this week we see how God’s plan was brought to fruition through Judah’s daughter-in-law, Tamar.

Judah had three sons and Tamar was married to the oldest son, Er, God killed Er because he was evil…no children came from Er.  Judah then gave son #2 to Tamar, so she could conceive a child for Er, and once again Judah saw one of his son’s killed by God because he was not obedient to God or His law.   Is it any wonder that Judah was not happily handing over son #3 to Tamar???  The bible clearly states that Judah’s two oldest sons were killed because they were disobedient to God and the only explanation that we are given is for Onan, son #2…

9 “But Onan knew that the child would not be his; so whenever he slept with his brother’s wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from providing offspring for his brother. 10 What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also.” Genesis 38:9

I am sure you will not be surprised to know that I needed some more insight into this story and so, in the same article that I found more about the meaning of Tamar’s name, I was allowed to dig deeper into the story of Tamar.  It helps to have some knowledge about what life was like when the story took place.  You have one more reading assignment for today…click on the link below for more of the story.

There are also some links included at this link for further study…optional, but it provides further information to digest.  If you want to dig deeper check out the links…”The world Tamar lived in” and “BIBLE STUDY ACTIVITIES”.

I will see you back here tomorrow for Tuesday’s reflection on Tamar.




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