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Pharez: The Half Canaanite Son of Judah and Tamar

Pharez: The Half Canaanite Son of Judah and Tamar

The Shemites
One of the most often overlooked pieces of genealogical information involves the origins of the tribe of Judah. When Jacob's original sons (the 12 tribes of Israel) needed wives, they sought out women descended from Ham. Because they were living in the land of Canaan, it makes sense that some of them would take Canaanite wives. Judah was no exception. Not only did he take a Canaanite wife for himself, but he took one for his oldest son as well. This is ultimately what leads to the birth of Pharez. The Birth of Pharez Tamar was originally meant for Judah's oldest son, but after a series of unfortunate events, Tamar wound up a lonely, unmarried widow. After Judah failed to deliver his youngest son to her as promised, Tamar pretended to be a prostitute and tricked Judah into s...
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