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AbstractThe story of Judah and Tamar is a part of the story of the Abrahamic line. Judah is problematic Jacob's son and Tamar is Judah's problematic daughter-in-law. A climax of their story is the judgment on Tamar: "She is more righteous than I, inasmuch as I did not give her to my son Shelah." (Gen 38:26). The paper examines the context and composition of the story in order to evaluate the righteousness of both characters in their respective social roles. Judah and Tamar's dramatic relationship shows an anthropological perspective of conversion and spiritual growth in borderline situations. In the present COVID-19 pandemic the story shows how the actual world could be reshaped under pressure.
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