We now interrupt the narrative for one of the weirder episodes in the Bible... Judah, great, great.....great grandfather of Jesus, leaves his brothers after the sale of Joseph and ends up marrying a Canaanite woman. Not good. She gives him three sons. The first marries Tamar but the Bible says this first son is wicked and the Lord puts him to death. That is all we really know about him! However, inheritance rights were so strong that it was then considered proper for the brother to impregnate the widow if she was childless so that the dead brother would still have his inheritance passed on. The second brother is also wicked, however, refusing to properly complete his duty, and so, the Bible says, the Lord kills him. The third brother is a bit young, but Judah instructs Tamar to wait for him to grow up, and she obeys. The mother of the three brothers, Judah's wife, dies. Realizing that she is not being given to the youngest brother, Tamar has a plan. She dresses as a shrine prostitute and waits at the side of the road. How did she know Judah would stop? Did the man have the reputation of a philanderer? We dn't know what made Judah stop and strike a bargain for a time of sex with her. Tamar becomes pregnant and Judah finds out his daughter-in-law is pregnant and wants to kill her. When she reveals him as the father, he calls her righteous! In that culture she was. She had guaranteed the inheritance of Judah's sons to be passed down through the family line. The Bible doesn't say what the pregnancy was like, but the delivery must have been awful. Twin boys. And they evidently were both trying to emerge at the same time. It must have been only by the grace of God she survived it! It is through one of these boys, Perez, the Christ line will pass.