The Birth of Christ in Gen 38 Naturally the narrative in Gen 38 is about Judah and Tamar but, there are hints to a hidden picture of Christ: The name Timnath means "appointment" and Tamar met Judah before Timanth. It is appointed unto man, once to die, and Mary met God before Christ's appointed time. Tamar was promised a goat, Mary was promised a scape goat, for he will save his people from their sin. Both Tamar and Mary wanted an assurance of the promise. Tamar was given the rod, and Mary was told "The power of God..." Tamar was given a signet ring, and Mary was told "He will be called the Son ..." In Numbers we find out that an empty vessel without bracelets is unclean. Tamar was given bracelets (was clean) and Mary was told "The Holy Ghost will come upon you (not unclean) When they were discovered to be pregnant both were threatened. When the father was discovered, they both were honored. Judah was told "There was no prostitute here" Joseph was told not to be afraid to take Mary. Tamar had twins… Mary had the God-man. The names of the twins means "Breaking forth" "rising sun" and Jesus was called "Dayspring" Pharez was a usurping second son (in a long line) and Jesus was the second man who obtained the promise. (Adam being the first man, and he did not obtain the promise). These are just the hints. The details occur in the word-for-word double entendre and riddle. Someone who is dead is said to be asleep, and when you are in the dust you are dead. So in riddle-speak, if you were called awake, you would be 'alive from the dust', just as Adam was and as the name 'Er' means. And Er represents Adam who was killed by God because of sin. Onan was supposed to beget living children on behalf of Er, just as Israel was supposed to beget 'living children' on behalf of Adam. Both Onan and Israel refused, and instead 'wasted his seed on the earth'. And Onan represents Israel which was killed in the desert because they did not bear spiritual children. When Judah says he will send a goat, the word for 'send' also means 'sow' and is a hint of God begetting Jesus. Not only is it a picture of the birth of Christ, but one of a greater context how God fulfills the Leverate law. The 'rock' is a type of Christ. How many parallels are there between the rock and Christ vs, the narrative of Tamar and the birth of Christ? Are pictures like this intentional or merely an over-active imagination? How many are required to convince you that they are intentional?