So, I have recently come across the story of Tamar in Genesis 38 and have become super curious.
There are a lot of aspects of this story that I am interested in exploring, but what I am most interested in is the part of the story when she asks Judah to leave his chord, staff, and seal behind.
I am very interested in the allegorical sense of scripture (what it means beyond the literal sense) and believe that no word of scripture is wasted. With that being said, what is the significance of Judah leaving behind his staff, cord, and seal? What are these things to the people of that time? What did they mean to them?
What I understand but am open to correction:
A seal is a sign of kingship (or some sort of noble responsibility)
A staff can be used for protection, or was it just a walking staff?
I have no idea what a chord is?
I’m also looking at this story os a “type” story, where the man of authority (God) impregnates the woman (Mary) and leaves the items with her while he goes to get a sacrificial animal (the goat as imperfect sacrifice, which is no longer needed when the son is born).
Or something else . . .?