In Genesis, Tamar is the daughter-in-law of Judah (twice), and intriguingly, also the mother of two of his children, the twins Perez and Zerah. In the biblical genealogies, Perez is listed as an ancestor of King David and of Jesus.
In Second Samuel 13, another Tamar is the beautiful princess from the tribe of Judah. She grew up in the palace of Jerusalem during the reign of her father, King David. She was also raped by her brother Amnon, David’s first born son and heir to the throne.
Join Dr. Marti Steussy for this thought-provoking webinar on the Bible’s two Tamars. “We have a tendency, in reading the Bible,” says Dr. Steussy, “to focus on the characters and situations of the story. We forget that in the ancient world, story performance was expected to be oral, even if a written text existed. Oral performance involves tone of voice and a teller and audience in live interaction.” In this webinar, Marti Steussy will invite us to explore the possible dynamics of such oral performance in the Tamar stories of 2 Sam 13 and Gen 38.