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Her name meant "date palm," and like her namesake, Tamar hoped to survive the harsh environment she was placed in: to bend but not to break. Rubbed with scented oil and arrayed in wedding finery, 14-year-old Tamar is thrust into a world of abuse, betrayal, and disillusionment when she is given in marriage to an evil, idol-worshiping man. In the face of her suffering, she must make choices: Will she let her new husband, Er, destroy her innocence and corrupt her? Will she leave the religion of the Canaanites and embrace the God of the Hebrews despite the life of misery she is cast into? Or will she fall into despair and become as wicked as her husband and his brothers?
Publisher: Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2000.
ISBN: 9780842319478
Call Number: RIVERS
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Tamar, daughter-in-law of Judah -- Fiction.
Bible. Genesis -- History of Biblical events -- Fiction.
Women in the Bible -- Fiction.
Religious fiction.
Biographical fiction.


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Jul 08, 2019

This is the first book that I’ve read from Francine Rivers and I have to say that I absolutely loved it!
Tamar’s story in the Bible is very interesting. First being married to Judah’s first born son who was wicked in the eyes of the Lord, becoming a widow, being married to Judah’s second son who refused to give her a child, being cast out unjustly and then her being brave and deciding to get justice even through deceiving ways.
I think this author perfectly wrote Tamar’s story and what she might have gone through and her desire to not just have children for herself but to continue Judah’s bloodline.
I also loved reading about how a Canaanite woman was drawn by the idea of the One True God and how her fear and respect for God ultimately ended with her being forgiven and blessed with twin sons and with being part of the lineage of Jesus.

Nov 30, 2015

Francine Rivers writes this absorbing story that is a compelling look into the life of Tamar. This outstanding book is definitely worth reading.

Apr 29, 2013

Nobody writes biblical fiction like Francine Rivers. She takes the stories from the Bible and fleshes it out more. She adds the cultural context and more of the human emotions that the Bible doesn't. This series is on the only women in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus, found in the first chapter of Matthew's gospel. Each woman displayed great faith and courage that earned them their place in the ancestors of Jesus. The first one is Tamar, Judah's daughter-in-law. Quick read, but moving and compelling.


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