Old Testament Essays
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ABASILI, Alexander I.. Seeing Tamar through the prism of an African woman: A contextual reading of Genesis 38. Old testam. essays [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.3, pp.555-573. ISSN 2312-3621.
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.