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Title: Seeing Tamar through the Prism of an African Woman: A Contextual Reading of Genesis 38
Authors: Abasili, Alexander # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Old Testament Society of South Africa
Series Title: Old Testament Essays vol:24 issue:3 pages:555-573
Abstract: It is a truism that marriage is deeply appreciated in Africa. This, among others, is rooted in Africans' love of children. In most African societies, the begetting of children is a social and religious duty attached to marriage and is vital to it. Bearing of children is an end of marriage upon which the wellbeing of the spouse depends. A successful marriage should be "fruitful." As a result, marriage becomes a big challenge when it is "childless." Due to the patriarchal nature of most African societies, it is the women that often bear the brunt of childlessness in marriage. By embarking on a contextual reading of Genesis 38 and applying its theological implications to an African context, this article joins many concerned individuals in suggesting more informed reactions and solutions to the so-called grave problem of childlessness in marriage
ISSN: 1010-9919
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Unit Biblical Studies
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