O Le Tosoga Fa’amalosi O Tamara: the rape of Tamar

Tatala le Ta’ui a le Atua | Rolling Out the Fine Mat of Scripture Bible Study Series
Gender Violence against women Religion power relations Gender equality Samoa

Tatala le Ta’ui a le Atua presents a series of Bible studies rooted in the importance of being relational in the Samoan culture. It embraces the belief that the self takes its form from maintaining relationships. Tatala le Ta’ui a le Atua as a Samoan saying articulates the necessity to reconnect with one’s God, ancestors, neighbour/s and environment, to reveal a person’s genuine self-identity rooted in the relationship of respect, and concurrently, revealing the image of God in humans.

This bible study draws on the story of Tamar with the following key objectives in mind.

  • To raise awareness of the story of Tamar as a biblical text.  
  • To promote a thoughtful and informed discussion of challenges raised by the story and to explore its themes of power, gender inequality, and rape.
  • To connect the text with experiences today and consider how the church should respond.
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