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Tamar was the first to record in writing the beliefs of the Jewish people that had been orally transmitted from generation to generation for say a thousand years. In so doing, she wrote the first Bible, which was added to over the centuries and became the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible/Torah that we have at home today.
Mr. Lamp tells of the clues he found in today's Bible and the biblical "who-done-it" trail that led him to identify Tamar as the first author.
He goes on to explain what the religion was like about 1000 BCE when Tamar wrote, which was in the time of King David (her father) when his nation was at the zenith of power and influence in the ancient world.
It was a religion that had no restraints on personal freedom: no laws of Moses, no circumcision, no dietary restrictions, no exclusivity, and no sacrifices, tithes or rituals. It was a religion where the non-violent God lovingly watched over His people and asked for nothing in return, made no demands and issued no commands.
In another book, "THE TAMAR BIBLE, The First Judeo-Christian Scripture," Mr. Lamp explained how he was able to separate Tamar's writings from the voluminous additions made by the later biblical authors, and he provided us with the complete text of that first Bible.
In this book, in addition to describing the original Judaism and the identification of Tamar, Mr. Lamp conveys Tamar's personal story of her rape by her half-brother, the Crown Prince, and how she became desolate in the house of her full brother. Unmarriageable, it was no wonder that she devoted herself to writing the first Bible.
And Mr. Lamp goes off on a tangent to address whether we can justifiably call Tamar the world's first known feminist because of the way she wrote that Bible.
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Walter Lamp earned a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the Yale Law School. He applies the same scrutiny to religious texts as he does to legal documents. A student of both the Bible (Old Testament and Hebrew Bible) and the Muslim Koran, he has written six books on Scripture. He lays out in plain and simple language what the Scripture literally says and only that. Not having a political or religious agenda, he shuns all so-called "interpretation" and speaks only to the plain words of the Scripture that is at the core of the religion. His books are unbiased guides, as a legal scholar would write. Lamp takes nothing for granted about a reader's religious knowledge or lack thereof. His books are easy to read in spite of their serious subject matter. Every term and quote is explained with clear citations to its place in the Scripture so that readers might check it out or read further in the Scripture they happen to have at home. His books are lighthearted in tone, like going on a romp through the Scripture, and you'll wind up being much more knowledgeable about your religion and your Scripture.
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