3.79: What on Earth Is the Story of Tamar Supposed to Mean?

In this episode, the co-hosts talk with Michael J. Chan, exploring the question, "What on earth is the story of Tamar supposed to mean?"


Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Michael J. Chan exploring the question, what on earth is the story of Tamar supposed to mean?

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Genesis 38

Topics, themes and figures mentioned

  • Women in the Old Testament
    • Sarah and Hagar (Genesis 16)
    • Rebecca (Genesis 24-35)
    • Ruth (Ruth 1-4)
    • Esther (Esther 1-10)
  • Levirate Law of Marriage: Continuity of the Family Line
  • Tamar similar to Jacob: “Playing on the Edges”
  • Verbal Connections
  • Character Development
  • Biblical Sexual Ethics
  • Biblical Values
  • Tamar: One of the four women named in Jesus’ geneology
  • Oral Story

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by

Michael J. Chan

Michael J. Chan


Picture of Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Dr. Michael Chan is the Executive Director for Faith and Learning at Concordia College-Moorhead. Prior to that, he was associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. He has a Ph.D. from Emory University, an M.A. in biblical theology from Luther Seminary and a B.A. in elementary education from Pacific Lutheran University. As the executive director for faith and learning, Dr. Chan directs the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work and the Dovre Center for Faith and Learning, guides Concordia’s interfaith relationships, and oversees the work of Campus Ministry.

See Profile

Hosted By:

Picture of Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

See Profile
Picture of Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

See Profile