Six Sentence Sunday

Sunday again and time for another Six Sentence Sunday, a blogging experience where participants post six sentences from something they’re working on or something they’ve published. You can visit their site to check out the other participants or to join in on the fun.

This week’s sentences come from my work-in-progress, Judah and Tamar, a dramatic retelling of the Biblical story. Tamar is a young woman who’s already buried two husbands. Levirate law states she must marry the next male relative to ensure the dead are not forgotten, but she is sent home by Judah, her father-in-law to await the coming of age of his next son, Shelah. Judah is determined not to lose anymore sons to her, but first he must deal with the grief and guilt that comes with burying a son. This story will become my next blog series, starting January 2013, after Full of Grace is completed, so keep an eye out for it. And let me know what you think of today’s excerpt; I appreciate your comments.

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Judah notes how much Shelah favors his mother. It’s not a bad thing, he supposes, until he considers how much Er and Onan favored him.

Is it my fault they’re dead, he wonders; because they were like me?

He had strayed, after all; and deliberately become someone different than the man he was raised to be – the son of Jacob, Isaac and Abraham, and all that rubbish. He wanted more out of life than being tied to a father who pitted wife against wife and son against son in his favoritism. If he had strayed, it was to make his own destiny and he would not apologise for that.

6 thoughts

  1. I’m enjoying this. I know almost all the stories, and a fair amount about the history/archaeology, but had never really tried to get inside the heads of who the stories happen to. This makes it far easier to sympathise with the people involved. Thank you.

  2. Wow reading about Judah and Tamar’s story in this sense really gives you a different understanding of these individuals. I think a lot of times we read the Bible without seriously taking into account that they were human just as we are and had feelings,responsiblities, parental obligations as well as spiritual obligations just as we do. Wonderfully written! It definelty puts this story in a differnt light for me.

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