I believe I first became intrigued with the story of Judah and Tamar when I read the very first verse of the story in Genesis.

At that time Judah left his brothers…

At what time? And why does it say he left his brothers and not his father? It didn’t make sense to me so I read, reread and researched the story until I had an answer. You see At that time specifies an event rather than a normal or natural occurrence, which mean this part didn’t necessarily follow the events of the previous chapter. And Judah was separating himself from his brothers, because they were his peers, who like him, were heirs to Jacob’s wealth, Isaac’s name and Abraham’s promises. They were an extension of their father – twelve Jacob’s as opposed to one. So this story had less to do with Jacob than it did with Judah and his brothers.

If you keep reading, you find that Judah and his brothers lived, worked and committed sins together as brothers. They were constantly around each other and though many read the verse above as an extension of Joseph’s story, it is an interjection. Twelve men, twelve stories; and they were all part of the tapestry that was the House of Jacob.

Admittedly, these are my favorite characters in the Bible; I continue to read and reread their stories. My goal for 2014 is to continue what I began with Full of Grace and expand to others characters like Adam and Eve, Abraham and his wives, the sons of Jacob and many others. Until then, I hope you will continue reading The Pledge. As always, thanks for stopping by my blog.

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