I Chronicles 2:4
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4  His daughter-in-law Tamar also bore him Peretz and Zerach. Yehuda‘s sons were five in all.

v’-ta-MAR ka-la-TO ya-l’-DAH LO et PE-retz v’-et ZA-rakh kol b’-NAY y’-hu-DAH kha-mi-SHAH

ד  וְתָמָר כַּלָּתוֹ יָלְדָה לּוֹ אֶת־פֶּרֶץ וְאֶת־זָרַח כָּל־בְּנֵי יְהוּדָה חֲמִשָּׁה׃

 2:4   His daughter-in-law Tamar also bore him Peretz and Zerah

Rashi (1040-1105)

Rashi wonders why Ezra mentions the seemingly shameful incident of Yehuda and Tamar. Perhaps the answer is that rather than bringing shame upon Yehuda, this incident actually reveals his true greatness. Everyone, even the great heroes of the Bible, makes mistakes. However, it is to Yehuda’s credit that he recognizes, admits and takes responsibility for his error rather than trying to cover it up, and also refrains from repeating his mistake (Genesis 38:26). This quality of humility is necessary in the forefather of the Davidic dynasty and, ultimately, the Mashiach. Many other nations would have chosen a king with an unblemished background and impeccable lineage, yet king David was a product of a troubling relationship. A powerful lesson can be learned from king David’s humble origins: No matter what one’s background is, all people have the ability to overcome their shortcomings and make a difference in the world.

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  • My thought was that God could have used the men, and women, who were clever, but instead he uses people like us, with all our faults and failings he chooses us to work through, as he did with those such as Judah. God’s enabling power and grace are shown more through people like us. It also shows that God is a forgiving God.

  • If a woman is married to a man and he dies leaving no children was it no longer he custom of another brother to Wed her and raise up children to his brother? Is this what Judah was doing?

    • According to a number of commentators, the encounter between Judah and Tamar was a Levirate relationship consistent with the norms of ancient society. Although according to Torah law a brother of the deceased husband must marry the widow in order to perform a Levirate marriage, the ancient practice was for any male relative to marry the widow including the father of the deceased.


I Chronicles 2:4

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