Sillaw! It’s Sunday again and time for another 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. But because her father-in-law, Judah, has withheld his last son from her, Tamar deceives him and lures him into bed with her. Now pregnant and guilty of adultery, she is taken into custody, where she prepares to confront Judah…except things don’t go as expected.
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Tamar is dragged out of her home, in front of her family and neighbors, but she doesn’t care anymore. Judah was finally going to get his comeuppance and that was worth ever humiliation she suffered in the past fifteen years.
The guards lead her to the town square, where a layman is busy setting up kindling around a stake. Only then does Tamar realize they are not taking her to Judah – they are going to carry out the adulterer’s sentence and burn her alive. This was not what she planned.
“No!” she cries, digging her heels into the ground, trying to pull away from her captors.