A Small Fly in the Ointment

Many members of the three Religions of the Book use the Bible as a source of guidance for matters of character formation and decision-making.   Employment of biblical passages for ethical purposes is not without its complications, however.  One such complication occurs in Genesis 38, in the story of Judah's seduction by his daughter-in-law, Tamar.Judah's misconduct is part of a larger picture of good and bad behavior in Jacob's family.  Reuben's dalliance with his father's concubine res … [Read more...]