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Master of Arts (MA)
Mark J. Boda
This thesis examines the character of Tamar in Gen 38. By tracing her positive characterization throughout the passage, it is argued that she is the hero of the story. Despite her powerless status, Tamar courageously risks her life and honour for the good of the community, overcoming major social limitations and procuring the enviable position of matriarch of the tribe. After presenting Narrative Criticism, this methodology is applied to a detailed narrative analysis of Gen 38. Next, the characterization of Judah and Tamar and examined individually. Judah emerges in a rather negative light and serves to further highlight Tamar's positive characterization. Tamar's traits are presented one-by-one and it becomes evident that indeed, she achieves heroic status.
Hofman, Marina H., "Tamar as the Unsung Hero of Genesis 38" (2007). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5297.
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