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Was Tamar a “Canaanite?”

Let’s just study the falsity of calling Tamar a “Canaanite,” or a “Canaanite whore,” as many of the Judeo-Christian clergy like to claim; for Tamar WAS NEITHER A “CANAANITE” NOR A “WHORE.” There is more to studying than pointing to a geographic area on a map and saying that all the people in that area are Canaanites. That is what Judeo-Christian clergy do, and this is whyat may unqualified teacherslike him do.As you know, people are portable, and one simply cannot pin them down to a point on the map. This is how many people pretending to be qualified Bible teachers make the mistake of claiming that Ruth was a Moabit. We will also be going into this thing aoub Ruth being an alleged Moabite later. It is therefore necessary to realize theat people migrate from area to area because of weather changes or they are displaced by wars and many other reasons. (It is only the White Race that migrates from place to place, just to be moving and exploring. The other races could really care less until the White Man has opened the way and they they quickly follow him) You can see, then, it is necessary to take time frames and migration into account. This is something which Judeo-Christian clergy and others like them do not do. This is an example of how we are getting so many false teachings in Israel Identity today. This is an example of some of the same reasoning we are getting from some of the more famous teachers in Identity. At this time, let’s check the Scriptures and determine Tamar’s origin once and for all.It is found in the Book of Jasher, chapter 45, vers 23 and it reads:

“And in those days Judah, went to the house of Shem and took Tamar the daughter of Elam, the son of Shem, for a wife for his first born, Er.”

But first here, in the case of Tamar, we are going to consider the meaning of her name.

Tamar: Strong’s Concordance: #8559  Tamar (taw‑mawr'); the same as 8558; Tamar, the name of three women and a place: KJV‑‑ Tamar.

#8558 Tamar (taw‑mawr'); from an unused root meaning to be erect; a palm tree: KJV‑‑ palm (tree).

This meaning “ERECT” or “PALM TREE” may not seem like much of a portrayal of this name, TAMAR, when we first think of it, but let’s take what we have here and go to a good thesaurus and look up all of the synonyms we can find in English tosee what all this can mean. Ne of the first synonyms we find is “UPRIGHT.” Can we then say that TAMAR was an “UPRIGHT” woman? “ERECT” means not leaning or laying down, not included or bent, but “UPRIGHT.” It can also mean “EXALTED,” to rank high in character and honor. Is not the idea of being elevated in rank or character a good attribute? It appears that this lady, TAMAR, had something going for her, that she was not just another run-of-the-mill ordinary person, she was something special! It appears that the term “EXALTED” is not out of line for this lady TAMAR. Another word for “ERECT” can be “DIGNIFIED.”“DIGNIFIED” means statliness and nobility of manner, serenity fo demeanor and gravity (solemnity of manner or behavior, dignified reserve). Are we starting to develop a portrayal in our minds of what kind of a lady this TAMAR was? That she was a common wore is absurd! It appears that this lady, TAMAR, was a woman to be looked up to not down on!

Another word for “ERECT” is “DISTINGUISHED” which means conspicuous for qualities of excellence, celebrated, eminent and famous. It is starting to look like we have quite a lady in this Tamar. Another meaning for “ERECT” can be “ENNOBLE,” which means to make honorable, having or indicative of ecellence or dignity and characterized by or displaying superior moral qualities. It appears that we have no ordinary lady in this woman. Another synonym is “HONORABLE” which means worthy of honor or respect,having eminence or high rank, illustrious (brilliantly outstanding). Are you beginning to see that thee Hebrew words have a lot more meaning than it would first appear? “HONORABLE” can also mean a strong senese of what is right, high standards of conduct incouding “CHASTITY” in women. “Well,” you say, “This woman TAMAR proved that she was of low moral character!” However, we believe, after we have reexamined her story very carefully, we will find otherwise!

Another word for this woman is “SCRUPULOUS” which means cautious in action because of a wish to do right. This woman, TAMAR, had “SCRUPLES.” Another word to describe “ERECT” is “TRUE.” Being “TRUE” means faithful to friends, promises or principles; loyal and steadfast. Nothing false or erroneous about this TAMAR! Another word here for “ERECT” could be “GLORIOUS” or full of or deserving glory, renowned or illustrious, also resplendent or beautiful. One can almost envision this beautiful woman, TAMAR. Another word here for “ERECT” is “GRAND” which means noble or dignified in character or manner, majestic, stately. Another synonym for the word “ERECT” would be “ELEVATED.” Yet the Judeo-Christian clergy has the audacity to claim that “TAMAR” was a common Canaanite whore!

Another word for “ERECT” could be “LOFTY” which means elevated in character, quality and style. We’re not talking about a two bit whore here! Another word is “SUBLIME” meaning characterized by elevatin, nobility, grand, solemn (highly serious). Another description is “SUPERB” meanign very good, supremely fine or outstanding. This lady, TAMAR, stands head and shoulders like a palm tree above other women. Another “ERECT” term could be “INSPIRED” which means to influence by example or be an inspiration for other women to follow. This lady TAMAR was really a woman to be looked up to, a woman perceived as different, set apart outstanding.

Another term that could be used for “ERECT” is “EMINENT” which means high in statin, merit or esteem; distinguished; prominent. “PRESTIGIOUS’ is another term that could be used for “ERECT” meaning having a high estimatin in the eyes of people. “INTEGRITY” is another word that might be used for “ERECT” meaning uprightness of character; unimpaired or sound. It can also mean the state of being whole; entire (nothing lacking). We don’t know about you, but we think we have a real true Adamic woman here, not a hooknosed slimy Canaanitekike. Anothe word for an “ERECT” or “UPRIGHT” person could be “ILLUSTRIOUS” meaning notably or brilliantly outstanding; greatly distinguished; renowned. When we get into the final story, you will understand why TAMAR is all of these things.


To sum up the situation,we can say that TAMAR was a person of good character, of superior rank, worthy of respect inas much as she was correct and proper being legally and morally right.She was a woman of scruples being ethical and of a noble and spiritual nature. She was a woman of completeness adherent to a code of values, and a woman of perfectin widely known and honored. She was a woman having a fixed purpose, firm in position and sure of movement. A woman worthy of esteem, an entire woman,healthy and fit, free from foreign matter (racial contaminatin or corruptino). A woman neat and orderly conforming to a standard of right behavior, devoted to right principles, actting or being in accord with what is just or moral, extremely careful in attending to detials being very meticulous. She was a heedful woman understanding the situation at all times, conscientious and aware of the Law of what was right or wrong to Yahweh, dependable and relable to do the right thing when necessary. She was a loyal woman in fact as in appearance, a genuine woman tried and true. She was unchangeable (immutable), strict and exacting, firmly fixed and settled and in agreement with fact and of her actions. She was characterized by warmth of feelign, ardent and filled with passion, fair in complexion, attractive in appearance and like a PALM TREE, standing “ERECT” and “UPRIGHT” in impressive dignithy above the other trees. We would like for the Judeo-Chrisian clergy to kknow right here and now, TAMAR WAS NO CANAANITE WHORE AS THEY HAVE ALLGED!!!

Now for another version of the story of Tamar. This is from a book, “Far Above Rubies,” by Isabel Hill Elder, we highly ecommend this book to anyone who is studying the ISRAEL IDENTITY TRUTH. A copy of this book should be in every racially conscious Israel home. This would be a good book for the Judeo-Christian clergy to rad, for they would not make so many silly and stupid statements. We are going to quote pages 32 to 35 of chapter 5. This will give us, again, more insight into the story of Judah and Tamar. This is not the end though for later we are going to go into each facet of this story, and when we have examined it thoroughly, we believe you will be amazed at the end result.

                             Tamar (Genesis 38)

“Judah, fourth son of Jacob and Leah, in direct disobedience tothe Hebrew unwritten law of marrying within their own race; as so signally demonstrated in the cases of Isaac and jacob in obtaining wivesof their kindred in Haran, MARRIED A WOMAN OF CANAAN.

“Three sons were born tothem, and as the othe in those ancient times had entire charge of the children, these sons were brought up in the ways of the Canaanites and without the respect for morality which ever marks the worshipper of the true God.


“These sons appear to have been addicted to all the sins and wickedness of the Canaanites. First, Er did shortly after his marriage, and the next son, Onan, refused to obey the Hebrew Law of the next eldes son by marrying his brother’s widow.

“Judah became alarmed whtne Onan died; we are told that the Lord ‘slew him also.’ Judah now feared to give Tamar to his youngest osn, Shelah,’ lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did.’ Judah returned Tamar to her father’s house, there to await his pleasure; in the meantime his Canaanite wife Bathshua, died.

“Tamar, in the belief that her father-in-law, Judah, would marry a second time a woman of Canaan determined to remedy the racial descent problem in hier own person. A relative of the Jacob household, and well ware of the necessity for racial purity in that House, Tamar embarked upon a course which would prevent Judah’s immediate descendants being other than Hebrew, and a very self-sacrificing course it was.

“It was masterly strategy which brought about the meeting of Judah with his daughter-in-law by the wayside, as recored in chapter 38 of the Book of Genesis, and the pledges given by Judah, with which he was later confronted, put all denial beyond peradventure.

“Thus by Tamar’s self-sacrificing action, the royal enclosure within the House of Judah was saved from contamination by forbidden blood stock. Tamar was well aware that in taking the course she did to preserve the purity of her race in the House of Judah she ran the risk of being burnt by fire, and it was not until she was brought forth to receive this punishment by her unsuspecting father-in-law’s command that she revealed the true state of affairs. ‘Discern, I pray thee, whose are these,the signet, the bracelets, and staff.’ The signet, or ring, was the emblem of power and authority; the bracelet was the cord, usually of gold, from which the signet was suspended, and the staff,which also signified the sceptre, emblem of authority as head of the tribe.

“In the family records which were handed down from father to son, Tamar would learn of the care exercised to preserve purity of race; she would learn that her great ancestor, Noah, ‘was a just man and perfect in his generation’ from Seth. The word Tamar means whole, flawless.

“Twin sons were born to Tamar and named Pharez and Zarah. Pharez becaame an ancestor of our Lord.

“Shelah, the youngest son of Judah andBathshua, became quite an important House in Israel, BUT WAS DISQALIFIED BY DIVINE INTERVENTION BECAUSE OF HIS SPURIOUS BIRTH, from becoming an ancestor of the Redeemer of Israel.

“Judah, in his ‘Story of Tamar,’ states that he lived a good and pure life until he met Bathshua, the Canaanite. ‘I said to my father-in-law, I will take counsel with my father, and so will I take thy daughter. And he was unwilling, but he showed me a boundless store of godl in his daugher’s behalf; for he was a king. And he adorned her with gold and pearls and caused her to pur out wine for us at the feast. AND THE WINE TURNED ASIDE MY EYES, AND PLEASURE BLINDED MY HEART. And I became enamoured of her AND I TRANSGRESSED THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD, AND THE COMMANDMENT OF MY FATHERS, and I took her to wife. And the Lord rewarded me accordign to the imaginationof my heart, inasmuch AS I HAD NO JOY IN HER CHILDREN...I turned aside to Tamar, and I wrought a great sine...for I gave my staff, that is the stay of my tribe; and my girdle, that is, my power, and, my diadem, that is, the glory of my kingdom.

“‘And inded I repented of these things. Wine revealeth the mysteris of God and men, even as I also reveald the commandments of God and the mysteries of Jacob my fathe to the Canaanitish woman, Bathshua, which God bade me not to reveal...For the sake of money and beauty I was led astray to Bathshua theCanaanite...For evenwise men among my sons shall they mar, and shall cause the kingdom of Judah to be diminished, which the Lord gave me because of my obedience to my father. For I never caused grief to Jacob my father; for all things whatsoever he commanded I did. And Isaac, the father of my father, blessed me to be king of Israel, and jacob further blesses me in like manner. And I know that from me shall the kindgome be established.’...

“‘For the sake of money I lost my children, and had not my repentance, and my humilition, and the prayers of my father been accepted I should have died childless. But the God of my fathers had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance...And I learnt my own weakness while thinking myself invincible.’

“Of the four women mentioned in connection with the ancestry of our Lord: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba, TAMAR IS THE FIRST TO HAVE THE HONOR OF TAKING A DEFINITE STEP FOR RACIAL PURITY, and was indeed a great tribute which Judah paid in his pronouncement, ‘She hath been more righteous than I.” (Genesis 38:26) (The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs (Judah), p. 57, trans., by R.H. Charles, D.D., D. Litt.)

Now wasn’t this quote from the book “Far Above Rubies,” by Isabel Hill Elder about Tamar better than “All Of The Women Of The Bible,” by Edith Deen. While both articles had something to contribute, this later one was much the better of the two. While both articles had somethign to contribute, there is still more to be said about this story. The only way we are going to completely understand this story is break it down into its component parts and analyze it as the story develops. As the story develops, we will have to take every aspect of the Law into account as this story is guided much by the Laws of Yahweh.

                          Now Let’s Tell The Story

                           The Way It Really Was

It mentions in Genesis 38:1, “Judah went down from his brethren.” Now this was a very serious mistake on the part of Judah to leave his own kind. Any time we go slumming with the Hottentots or cat and dog eaters, it is going to lead to problems! (Again we don’t apologize, Mark 7:27) Anyway,here is Judah and he goes down tot his Canaanite slum to the house of one Hirah, an Adullamite.

There Judah meets an enticing female (we really can’t call her a lady), the daugher of a certain Canaanite,whose name was Shuah. (Genesis 38:2) Before we go any farther with this story it is mandatory that we identify what a Canaanite is or we will miss the whole point of the story

Here is where the Judeo-Christian clergy get into trouble, as they just do not identify the subject they are talking about. It is absolutely necessary, therefore, to identify the origin of the Canaanite at this time. If you will go to Genesis 15:19-21,you will find they were made up of “Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaims, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites. These were all intermixed and generally called “Canaanites.”

The first mentioned are the “Kenites,” who are the descendants of Cain #7014 & #7017. The Kenizzites are the descendants of sau Edom. The Rephaims are descendants of fallen angels. From this you can begin to see what a bastard race these Canaanites were and are. With the Kenites, these people had the bloodline of Cain who was fathered by someone other than Adam. Well, this Canaanite wife of Judah had the Satanic blood of Cain in her, and she was related to the serpent of Genesis 3:13-15. Once we understand this fact, we can begin to comprehend the plot of the story.

                   What Is The Plot Of Satan, Then?

The story all started in ages past in the heavens when Lucifer and a third of the angels followed him in rebellion against Yahweh. Then Yahweh placed his own son and daughter in the Garden of Eden. At this point, Lucifer decided he must destroy the sons and daughters of Yahweh before they could grow great in the earth. Lucifer decided also that he must plant see (children) of his own in the earth to counter the children of Yahweh. Therefore, he (Satan, Lucifer) must seduce Eve and cause her to have children by him. Lust played only secondarily in this matter, as to produce progeny of himself was his main goal. Ever since that time he has been breeding up his own kind, while at the same time trying to kill or crossbreed down the children of Yahweh.

This is why, at every critical period of history, Satan’s children are right there ready to do Satan’s bidding. That is why Herod (an Edomite/Canaanite) descendant of Cain and Esau was Johnny-on-the-spot to kill all the little boy children in order to kill the promised Messiah. Remember? IT WAS RACHEL WHO WAS WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN, NOT LEAH.

Herod wanted to kill the heir to the house of David who would have been of Judah who was mothered by Leah, but he ended up killign a lot of Benjamite children instead. Remember? Rachel had two sons: Joseph and Benjamin? When you come to understand that there is a war between Yahweh’s children and satan’s children, then, the events of history becom eevident. Right now Satan’s children are trying to crossbreed Yahweh’s children out of existence and you don’t have to look very far to see it (and you have to be blind if you don’t see it). Well, the story of Judah, here, is one of those stories that happened at a critical time in history.

Knowing that this Bathshua was a Canaanite Satanic descendant of Cain andwhat her motives naturally would be because of her Satanic nature, let’s see how the story develops as we continue. From what we have been able to find, Judah was only about 15 to 16 years old when he meets this daughter of the Canaanite (although the Testament of Judah 1:51 says that he was 20). It may have been a four year process of acquaintance. Anywy, at this age he would have the body of a man and the mind of a child. He was live bait for this Canaanite bitch (and a bitch she proved to be)! Think of this story in the reverse of Satan seducing Eve; in this case it is Bathshua seducing Judah! This is a critical point in history as Judah was to be the seed-line from which the Messiah would come and one of Satan’s children (Bathshua) was right there t try to defile that seed-line. That is why Yahshua told the Sfribes and Pharisees, John 8:44:

“Ye are of YOUR father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Let’s now take a look at the trap that was set for Judah by these Satanic people. It was more than Bathshua, as her father was in on it too. We will read from the “Testament of Judah” of the “Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden,” chapter 1 verses 51-53, and then chapter 2, verses 17-18:

“I was twenty years old when this war befell. And the Canaanites feared me and my brethren.And I had much cattle, and I had for chief herdsman Iram the Adullamite. And when I went to him I saw Parsaba, king of Adullam; and he spake unto us, and he made a feast; and when I was heated (drunk and sexually exicited) he gave me his daughter Bathshua to wife...And Iknew that the race of the Canaanite was wicked, but the impulse of youth blinded my mind. And when Isaw her pouring out wine, owing to the intoxication of the wine I was deceived and took her although my father had not counselled it.”

Again we have more in the “Testament of Judah” 3:3-10:

“Since I also gloried that in wars no comely woman’s face ever enticed me, and reproved Reuben my brother concerning Bilhah the wife of my father, the spirits of jealousy and of fornication arrayed themselves against me, until I lay with Bathshua the Canaanite, and Tamar who was espoused to my sons. For I said to my father-in-law: I will take counsel with my father, and so will I take thy daughter. And he was unwilling, but he showed me a boundless store of gold in his daughter’s behalf; for he was a king. And he adorned her with gold and pearls, and caused her to pour ot wine for us at the feast with the beauty of women. And the wine turned aside my eyes, and pleasure blinded my heart. And I became enamored of and I lay with her, and transgressed the commandments of the Lord and the commandment of my fathers, and I took her to wife. And the Lord rewarded me according to the imagination of my heart, inasmuch as I had no joy in her children. And now, my children, I say unto you, be not drunk with wine; for wine tureth the mind away from the truth, and inspires the passion of lust, and leadeth the eyes into error.”

You can see here that it was not onlly Bathshua, but her father also who was in on this conspiracy. Had the conspiracy worked, there would have been no Messiah. And if we don’t see this last point, we miss the whole story. What we have, in this instance, is one more case where the children of Satan are doing the work of their father to destroy the children of Yahweh. This war has been going on now for about 7500 years. You will also notice, like all Canaanites, this father of Bathshua had plenty of gold like a typical Canaanite merchant “Jew.” Now that’s a good start, but there is more.

Well Judah ended up having three children by this Canaanite Bathshua: Er, Onan and Shelah. Just to show you how much of a bitch this Bathshua was, Genesis 38:3 tells us that Judah named the first child Er and when the next child (Onan) was born, Bathshua named it. (Genesis 38:4) This tells us that she was taking over the head of the household and usurpign Judah’s rightful place as priest of the family. From this point on, this Canaanite bitch was running the show, and we will see just how she manipulated it.

These three sons grew up and it came time for them to find a wife. Judah knew the rules, but in spite of this he went to the house of Shem to find a pure White woman for his half-breed son Er. That sounds like the problems we are running into today; Where are we going to find wives and husbands for all of these half breeds of today? Of course, like Judah, we will try to find a nice White girl for them, Right? Andif we oppose that idea we will be politically incorrect, Right? I’ll bet that Judah never told Elam (Tamar’s father) the whole story or Elam would have never given his pure White daughter, Tamar, for Judah’s half-breed son Er. Because the Canaanites were some relation to Ham, the White son of Noah, maybe he passed Er off as being White (You know, one of those almost white Canaanite “Jews”).

What we have to know next in this story is the fact that Bathshua (Judah’s wife) wanted her sons to marry among her race and this explains a lot of what happened later in this story. The Canaanites were a very low moral people andBathshua taught her sons the lowest forms of immorality. At last, the day came for Tamar to become Er’s wife and we will pick up the story in the “Book of Jasher,” chapter 45:24-27 (this gives a better description than the KJV):

“And Er came to his wife Tamar, and she became his wife, and when he came to her he outwardly destroyed his seed, and his work was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord slew him. And it was after the death of Er, Judah’s first born, that Judah said unto Onan, go to thy brother’s wife and marry her as the next of kin, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan took Tamar for a wife and came to her, and Onan also did like the work of his brother, and his work was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also. And when Onan died, Judah said unto Tamar, remain in thy father’s house until my son Shiloh (Shelah) shall have grown up, and Judah did no more delight in Tamar, to give her unto Shiloh (Shelah), for he said, peradventure he will also die like his brothes.”

Let’s take this same passage from the King James Version for comparison. It would be Genesis 38:6-10:

“`And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.”

If this is ture, consummation of the marriage was never completed meaning that Er did not legally become Tamar’s husband. Judah not knowing about Er (verse 8) “said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brothers wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.” Well this is what is supposed to be done under the Law. Every move that is done here is according to the Law. Yuo cannot understand Tamar’s position unless you understand the Law. Then in verse 8 Onan objects because he wants his own seed rather than his brother’s. Why? Because Onan wanted the birthright so that the inheritance would pass through him. This half-breed Canaanite “Jew” had his eye on the money as all Jews do. Now Onan was so adamant about this situation that he withdrew himself before completing consummation (coitus interuptus), thus Yahweh killed him too. Onan, a half-breed, because of his Cain-Satanic-Canaanite nature, had no respect for th elaws of his father’s Mighty One. To this day, this act is called “onanism.” Be this as it may, we would rather believe Yahweh killed Er and Onan to protect Tamar. Now this is getting interesting as neither Er nor Onan could be considered Tamar’s rightful husband before Yahweh. She was never really married toeither one because there was no consummation in either case. Now this sets the stage for the rest of the story. We are simply told here that Judah sent Tamar back to her father’s house until Shelah would be grown up. When Shelah was grown, Bathshua wanting all of her sons to marry Canaanites took charge and married Shelah off to a Canaanite and then she died. “TheTestament of Jjudah” bares this out, 2:19 where Judah says:

“And while I (Judah) was away she (Bathshua) went and took for Shelah a wife from Canaan.”

You can tell from this act alone what kind of a bitch Bathshua was. We have to give Bathshua, Judah’s Canaanite wife, credit here for two things though: (1) She married Shelah off to another Canaanite, and (2) she died. After this the King James Version says in Genesis 38:12;

“And in the process of time the daughter of Shuah (Bathshua) Judah’s wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.”

This bring up some very interesting situations about this story that most Bible students have never considered. They are:

A). The contract to furnish seed from one of the son’s of Judah for Tamar to have children was a total breach of contract on Judah’s part!;

B). Though the death of Bathshua, Judah’s wife, Judah as a free at large eligible widower;

C). As neither Er nor Onal properly consummated their marriages withtamar, she was still in essence a virgin!

                    Tamar Puts Her Life On The Line

                            For Her True Children

The first thing we must understand is that Tamar kew Yahweh’s Law. Therefore, it is important to consider her behavior from the view point of her knowledge of the Law. At this point, in her life, Tamar realized she had no future without Judah’s children to carry on his kingly line. Nevertheless, she was just as happy not to have children by any of these half-breed Canaanites. Tamar, no doubt, breathed a sigh of relief when Shelah, last half-breed son of Judah, was married off by Bathshua to her own kind. But now that was all over, and if she were gong to act, it would have to be now or never. At this point, there was only one way that Judah could live up to his promise, and that would be if Judah himself were to father Tamar’s children, thereby acting in accordance with the Law. Now she considered, if she were to have children by Judah, it would be in accordance with the Law inasmuch as they were both pureblooded eligible spouses for marriage, and the most important thing, the children would be of pure blood. Thus, Tamar very quickly embarked upon a very dangerous plan of action, for if her bold plan didn’t work, Tamar was a dead daughter-in-law by the very Law she acknowledged. How would you like to face being burned at the stake? This took a woman with real guts to take the action she did. In reality, Tamar was no ordinary woman. Where are today’s

tamars whose only prupose in life is to beget and raise children of their own kind.

Tamar knew that Judah had been deprived of his sex life for some time as a result of Bathshua’s death and knew of Judah’s drinking problem when he got together with the boys, especially during sheep shearing season with his old Canaanite friend Hirah the Adullamite. Tamar took everything into account, especially the Law and then she took action. We belive the rest of the story here is very beautiful how she handled each detail; how she obtained his signet, bracelets and staff as pledge to keep her position safe.

“And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep. And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife. When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face. And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me? And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it? And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.” (Genesis 38:13‑19)

We are proud of Tamar as she is our Grandmother, we don’t know how many times removed, but had she not done what she did, we would not be here and we also wouldn’t be writing this. We are especially proud to share Tamar, our Grandmother, with Yahshua Himself as we both have a common ancestor in her. Everyone who is of German, Scottish or Irish descent have Tamar for a Grandmother. We are not a bit ashamed of Tamar for what she did. It is only regrettable that she was forced to cohabit twice with those half-breed Canaanites, and we think Yahweh that He slew both of them forthwith. Actually, Tamar is one of the most exalted women in Scripture, and one of our favorites.

There is one more thing we should take into account with the story of the birth of Pharez and Zerah. For with the birth of Pharez and Zerah (Genesis 38:29-30), Pharez is counted as Judah’s firstborn and Zerah as Judah’s second in line. It is obvious that the first two Canaanite children by Judah were not counted. In other words, Er was not counted as the firstborn nor was Onan counted as the secnd, for in Genesis 38:29-30, Pharez is counted as Judah’s firstborn and Zerah as Judah’s second born. For some reason, Shelah continued to be counted as third-born. Evidently, with the death of Er and Onan, it left open the first and second positions for Pharez and Zerah.

We believe, with this study, you will never look at the story of Judah and Tamar in the same light again. If you listen to most of nominal Christniaity, they will hypothesize what they consider to be Tamar’s immorality. We are here to tell you that it was just the opposite! The reason most people come to the conclusion that Tamar’s action was immoral is because they don’t study deep enough or just listen to some Judeo-Christian clergy member and their opinion.

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