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Bible Babes: Tamar by Glee-chan Bible Babes: Tamar by Glee-chan
Here we go again, more Bible Babes! Today we have Tamar. Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah. Her first husband, Er, for unknown reasons wouldn't let Tamar get pregnant. In a tribal nomadic society of the ancient Israelites, this was kinda a big deal. Women needed children to carry on the line and such. It's implied that Er was pulling out before he climaxed, which kinda was a no-no. So it is believed among the tribe that God smited him. So under the law at the time, Tamar married the next brother, Onan. He does the exact same thing - but at least his reason was motivated. Under law, any sons he gives her still count as the first brother's son, thus gets all the benefits, but also as the father gets HIS benefits. So Onan won't finish, God smites him, and that's that. Judah starts to think that Tamar might be a black seed, and since she is now promised to his youngest son, he decides to send her to her family. As time passes, Tamar believes that the last son won't be given to her, as promised, and she desperately needs a child to get her claim to her husbands riches. So she disguised herself as a prostitute and tempted Judah to sleep with her. She has twins. Judah thinks that she had been unfaithful to the tribal, and is about to kill her when she produces evidence that the babies are his. Once all of this is discovered, Judah had no choice but to allow her back into the family. Don't you just love the Bible?
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joulester Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I must admit, this is one of the characters that I seldom recall. Thanks for helping me remember her story. Great portrayal, by the way. Lots of expression and value added! =D
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LadyGhostDuchess Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute capture! looks great :)
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Really great stories they don't discuss in Sunday School. I can think of two that illustrate the insanity of those books.

Jacob's daughter Dinah is raped by a local Prince when Jacob and his sons and their flocks are near those of the Prince and his father and people. Jacob's ten older sons (not Joseph and Benjamin - God must make sure they remain pure!) vow vengeance. As it turns out the Prince actually wants to marry Dinah - he does love her (we don't know if she loved him, but I doubt it), and offers, with his father's permission, his hand in marriage. Not a bad deal (unless of course Dinah hates him!). Jacob decides to accept the deal, and his sons tell this Prince. But the boys add an interesting detail. As Jewish men are circumcized the Prince, his father, and all the men of their tribe have to be circumcized too!! The poor idiots don't think about this too clearly, and agree - not to do it piecemeal, but all at once! So while the saps are basically crippled for awhile by the operation, Jacob's sons and his men go into t lands of the Prince and massacre all the men. Jacob is not happy about this (the boys - and I take it Dinah - probably are ecstatic).

The second incident is not connected with women, but is an interesting correlary to the story about Rehab. Remember how a grateful Joshua saves her and her family from the destruction of Jericho, and they are made members of the Jewish community. Shortly after (in the book of JOSHUA) Joshua is planning on an attack on the city of Ai. But he has to go away for awhile with his staff. The Jews are therefore on their own without Joshua's presence and guidance. When the Jews came into Canaan, God told Joshua that he had permission to kill alll the inhabitants - none were to be spared (nice God there!!). The citizens of Ai have just seen what happened to the bulk of their neighbors in Jericho. What do they do? What would you do?!! They send a delegation of their elders to the Jews and offer to become Jews and join them if they are spared. Hey, this is great. It means less bloodshed and an easy conquest. So a treaty with these details is signed between the Jews and the city of Ai. Big mistake. A terrible plague hits the Jews killing many. Joshua comes back and is surprised at this disaster. Then he learns about the treaty. It's not nice to undue God's orders, he explains (i.e. - idiots you are here to kill the inhabitants and take the land as God ordered, not make nice to them!). So what can Joshua do now. Well, he offers a big sacrifice to satisfy God's ego. Then he tells the people from Ai that after consulting God the following is added to the terms of the treaty. They have to become the slaves and servants of the actual Jews. The citizens of Ai (probably bitterly) accept this. Again this is not a usually told story of the Bible for Sunday School classes (although a subsequent meteorite shower that destroys a Canaanite army outside Ai might be judged a typical Biblical miracle).
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poetas1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
hey that name is tamar
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dd4rri3nd Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
"Don't you just love the Bible?" What does that even mean?
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Glee-chan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was meant as a joke, after such a depressing story. BUT the fact of the matter is I do love the Bible, otherwise I wouldn't be doing these pictures. It's great for spiritual needs, history, look at culture, and even some messed up fun moments. It had everything. I think that because of the religious aspect of the book, that a lot of people miss out on some of the other jewels inside. I mean, there's a story were a donkey talks back to its master, there's a story with a king with 300 wives and 700 concubines, there's giants, there's incest! If you can't embrace some of the wacky with the good, I really do think some of the experience is lost. In the end the overall point is the moral lesson embedded in the stories, but taking some of the stories on just face value.... some pretty fun stuff!
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dd4rri3nd Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
ah lol. Well I guess I can't complain...I haven't really studied that story yet ^^; so I'm not familiar with the tale.
Now I do like the donkey story, and Solomon (the king with the 300 wives and such). I'm still reading the bible myself lol so there are stories I got to refresh myself with lol.
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Edgar-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I think I can watch that movie free on youtube without paying a single penny
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Passin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Definitely. History is right f***** up at times' Really good
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mhunt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Great work, and nice coloring to set the night background. :)
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