Sexy Svithe


This week we have three women with wiles in starring roles: Tamar, Dinah and Potiphina.

I'm most interested in Tamar, but in passing let me see that Potopher needs to accept some blame for his wife's actions and that I'm far from convinced that Dinah was raped.

Tamar is, of the three, the most rounded and self-directed character. And while all three stories involve sex, only Tamar's sexual activities are in accordance with religious law. And while seducing your father-in-law is generally looked down upon these-a-days, Tamar's actions were, with validity, a means to save her father-in-law from his own sins. And thus, in a way, she is a type for Jesus. Who is born through her line.

Something to think about.

Tamar by Horace

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  1. I have wondered what Dinah's role in the story is. I've always had the impression that however she came into that place, her feelings for Shechem, though not mentioned, come into question through the language, and, like you said, through the absence of Jacob's outrage.
    We didn't get through half the lesson today, but Tamar's story is an interesting one that I can hardly keep straight,and yet, she set up the line of descent for the Savior, furthering the Lord's promise to Abraham that his line would be a righteous nation, which at this point, was a miracle.
    What a time.

  2. .

    You said it. It's a weird set of stories to talk about.

  3. Hey, thanks for the music list. It's perfect!