Hallo! It’s time again for another edition of Six Sentence Sunday. This week’s selection comes from my work-in-progress, Judah and Tamar, a dramatic retelling of the Biblical story. Tamar is a young widow who, under Levirate law, must marry the next male relative to ensure the dead are not forgotten. Her father-in-law, Judah, however, determines she will not marry anymore of his sons and deals with her deceptively. Tamar deceives him in turn, dressing up as a prostitute to lure him into bed with her. Now guilty of adultery and pregnant from the affair, she awaits the opportunity to face Judah and hold him accountable for his sins.
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’d love to hear from you.
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The atmosphere is already heavy with anticipation, anxiety, when the door flies open: it’s the guards and they are there for Tamar.
She rises, still clutching the signet ring, the cord and the staff in her hands. Her father looks at her again, the anger in his eyes now replaced with fear. He had railed against her earlier, expressed shame at her actions, called her everything short of whore, but now he seemed to regret it all.
Tamar wants to comfort him, give him a little peace, but there is no time: the guards have already crossed the room, taken hold of her arms and begun pulling her. Before she is dragged out, she stops, offers her father a consoling smile and quietly states, “Everything’s going to be alright, Abba”.