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also known as: Thamar

Hebrew: תָּמָר —transliteration: Tamar —meaning: palm

This is the name of 3 biblical women and 1 place.

  1. Tamar (Thamar), a daughter-in-law of Judah

    She was married to Judah’s eldest son Er (Genesis 38:6)

    After her husband’s death, she was married to Onan, his brother (Genesis 38:8), and on his death, Judah promised to her that his third son, Shelah, would become her husband.

    This promise was not fulfilled, and hence Tamar's revenge and Judah’s great guilt (Gen. 38:12-30). She eventually bore twins (Pharez and Zerah (Zarah), with Judah as the father.

    From Pharez, the royal line of King David sprang and eventually Christ.

    Mary’s genealogy

    Jesus ChristMaryHeliMatthatLeviMelchiJannaJosephMattathiah (Mattathias)AmosNahum ← Esli ← Naggai ← MaathMattathiah (Mattathias)SemeiJosephJudahJoannas (Joanna)RhesaZerubbabelShealtielNeriMelchiAddiCosamElmodamErJose (Joshua, Jesus)Eliezer ← Jorim ← MatthatLeviSimeonJudahJoseph ← Jonan ← EliakimMelea ← Menan (Menna) ← Mattathah ← NathanKING DAVIDJesseObedBoazSalmonNahshonAmminadabRamHezronPerez (Pharez)Judah and TamarJacobIsaacABRAHAMTerahNahorSerugReuPelegEberShelahCainanArphaxadShemNOAHLamechMethuselahEnochJaredMahalalel (Mahalaleel)CainanEnosh (Enos)SethADAM (created by God).

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  2. Tamar, a daughter of King David

    Tamar is the daughter of David and Maachah, a princess from Geshur. Prince Absalom was Tamar’s full brother.

    2 Samuel 13:1-32and 1 Chronicles 3:9) tell the sad story of how the beautiful Tamar was shamefully raped by her deceitful half-brother Amnon, who lusted for her and apparently thought he loved her.

    Afterward, his evil deed, he hated her exceedingly, thereby illustrating the law of human nature noticed even by the heathen, “Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris,” i.e., “It is the property of human nature to hate one whom you have injured.”

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  3. Tamar, a daughter of Absalom

    2 Samuel 14:27

  4. Tamar, a place mentioned by Ezekiel

    Ezekiel 47:19; 48:28

    It was located south of the Dead Sea on the southeastern border of Israel. Some suppose this was “Tadmor”.

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Article Version: April 10, 2024