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Ho's larger argument is that Gen. 38 is written to establish a patriarchal lineage for David and Solomon, and therefore is written in parallel fashion to the Succession Narrative in 2 Samuel. While his discussion of the parallels between Gen. 38 and the Succession Narrative are often a bit overdrawn, he nevertheless presents an interesting thesis, worthy of further investigation. For a similar reading and further, one on which Ho elaborates, see Gary A. Rendsburg, 'David and His Circle in Genesis XXXVIII', FT 36 (1989), pp.

36. 17. Cf. Lev. 27; Jer. 4; Ezek. 6; 2 Chron. 2. 18. See pp. 107-18 of the present volume. 38 Are We Amused? In an interesting contrast to the stories of the endangered ancestress earlier in Genesis (Gen. 12,20 and 26), in which potential sexual partners other than the patriarch create a problem for the continued patriarchal line, here it is Onan's actions which endanger Judah's line. And Judah's next actions endanger his own line even more. Either completely clueless as to the reasons for Er's and Onan's deaths or deliberately blind (the narrator gives us no hint of Judah's knowledge or lack thereof), Judah infers that the deaths of his sons are due not to YHWH but to Tamar.

He's not all that clever in the process but does show a measure of courage and a commitment to righteousness. Soon after Jesus' birth, Joseph faces another crisis, this time in the form of a threatened king who retaliates with violence. King Herod, Rome's client-ruler of the Jews, becomes paranoid over the birth of a potential 68. Levine, 'Matthew', pp. 340-41. 69. 17). 16). While most reminiscent of Pharaoh's brutal plot against baby Moses and the children of Israel, Herod's conduct also recalls the machinations of other nervous royals, like the king of Jericho and Adonijah.

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