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A son of Judah who was condemned for failing in the duty of a brother. When his brother died, Onan wilfully disobeyed the Levirate law (Deut. 25: 5–10) which required him to make good his deceased brother's lack of offspring (Gen. 38: 6–10), by practising coitus interruptus (?), and, according to the narrative, was punished by death (38: 10).

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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