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Household of Rahab
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A Canaanite prostitute who aided Israelite spies in Jericho. As a result of her belief in the God of Israel, she and her family were spared during Joshua’s conquest of Jericho. Included in Jesus’ genealogy and praised in the New Testament for her faith and her actions.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Rahab the Person
Rahab the Prostitute A Canaanite prostitute who aided Israelite spies in Jericho. As a result of her belief in the God of Israel, she and her family were spared during Joshua’s conquest of Jericho. Included in Jesus’ genealogy and praised in the New Testament for her faith and her actions.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Rahab (Person)
RAHAB (PERSON) [Heb rāḥāb (רָחָב)]. The story of Rahab is told in the first part of Joshua 2 and the latter part of Joshua 6. In its present context, this narrative is embedded in the account of the Israelite conquest of Jericho. Rahab is introduced as a “harlot” (Hebrew zônâ) in Josh 2:1 (so also
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Rahab (Person)
Rahab (Person). Heroine of the battle of Jericho (Jos 2–6). Soon after Moses’ death, God told Joshua that he and the people were to cross the Jordan and occupy the land of promise. Before the crossing, however, Joshua sent two spies into the land to reconnoiter the opposition, in particular the fortified
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Rahab
1. [Heb. rāḥāḇ; Gk. Rhaab, Rhachab] (Josh. 2:1, 3; 6:17, 23, 25; Mt. 1:5; He. 11:31; Jas. 2:25); AV also RACHAB (Mt. 1:5). The prostitute in Jericho who sheltered Israelite spies.Rahab is featured in the initial episode of Israel’s conquest of Jericho (Josh. 2–6). In this story (2:1–24) Joshua dispatches
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Rahab (Person)
RAHAB (Person) Heroine of the battle of Jericho (Jos 2–6). Soon after Moses’ death, God told Joshua that he and the people were to cross the Jordan and occupy the land of promise. Before the crossing, however, Joshua sent two spies into the land to reconnoiter the opposition, in particular the fortified
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Rahab
Rahab (ray´hab).1 The prostitute who sheltered Joshua’s men when they came to spy on Jericho (Josh. 2). She defied the orders of the king of Jericho, misdirected the king’s men, and then helped Joshua’s men escape from Jericho by climbing down a rope from her home, which was built against the city wall.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Rahab
RAHAB1. The name (Heb. rahab) of a sea monster, used as a figurative expression for pride, as in Job 9:13; 26:12 (ASV, RSV). Elsewhere it is a symbolic name for Egypt, proud, boasting, pierced with divine judgments, as in Ps 87:4; 89:10; Isa 30:7 (ASV, RSV); 51:9. See N. K. Kiessling, “Antecedents of
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Rahab
RAHAB (Heb. rāḥāḇ, possibly connected with root rḥb, ‘broad’). A harlot who lived in a house which formed part of the town wall of Late Bronze Age Jericho. Joshua’s two spies lodged with her. When they were pursued she hid them under drying stalks of flax on the roof. The pursuers were sent off
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Rahab
Rahab (Heb. rāḥāḇ; Gk. Racháb)1. A prostitute (Heb. zōnâ) whose house adjoined Jericho’s outer wall (Josh. 2:15). According to Josh. 2:1–24 the king of Jericho discovered that Joshua’s spies (sent to spy out Jericho) were at Rahab’s house. When ordered to turn them over, Rahab insisted the two
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Rahab
RAHAB1. A Canaanite woman and harlot from the city of Jericho who hid two of Joshua’s spies at the time of the conquest of Canaan (Josh 2:1–7; 6:17, 23–25). Rahab recognized the Lord’s power and demanded from the spies the promise that she and her family would be spared when the Israelites conquered
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Rahab
Ra´hab, or Ra´chab (wide), a celebrated woman of Jericho, who received the spies sent by Joshua to spy out the land, hid them in her house from the pursuit of her countrymen, was saved with all her family when the Israelites sacked the city, and became the wife of Salmon and the ancestress of the Messiah.
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