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38:4 She became pregnant again, and had another son. She named him Onan.
Vatahar od vateled ben vatikra et-shmo Onan.
38:5 She gave birth once again to a son, and she named him Shelah. [Judah] was in Keziv when she gave birth to [this child].
Vatosef od vateled ben vatikra et-shmo Shelah vehayah viChsiv belidetah oto.
38:6 Judah took a wife for Er his first-born, and her name was Tamar.
Vayikach Yehudah ishah le-Er bechoro ushmah Tamar.


  Most probably Akhziv or Achziv (Joshua 15:44; Micah 1:14) or Kezeba (1 Chronicles 4:22), a town some 3 miles southwest of Adullam. It is identified as Tel el-Beida.

  Literally a 'palm tree.' This is a name that would recur in David's family (1 Samuel 13:1), since he was a descendant of Tamar (see note on Genesis 38:29). Since it says 'her name was Tamar,' we see that she was righteous. Some say that she was from Aram Naharaim (Tzava'ath Yehudah 10:1; Yov'loth 41:1).

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