Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Tamar : palm.

  1. A place mentioned by Ezekiel (Nehemiah 47:19; 48:28), on the southeastern border of Palestine. Some suppose this was "Tadmor" (which see).
  2. The daughter-in-law of Judah, to whose eldest son, Er, she was married (Genesis 38:6). After her husband's death, she was married to Onan, his brother (Genesis 38:8), and on his death, Judah promised to her that his third son, Shelah, would become her husband. This promise was not fulfilled, and hence Tamar's revenge and Judah's great guilt (Genesis 38:12-30).
  3. A daughter of David (2 Samuel 13:1-32; 1 Chronicles 3:9), whom Amnon shamefully outraged and afterwards "hated exceedingly," thereby illustrating the law of human nature noticed even by the heathen, "Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris", i.e., "It is the property of human nature to hate one whom you have injured."
  4. A daughter of Absalom (2 Samuel 14:27).
Related Resources
  • Hitchcocks’s Bible Names
  • Smith’s Bible Dictionary