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Rahab (Sea Dragon)
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Rahab the Sea Monster
Rahab the Sea Monster (רַהַב‎, rahav). A name for a primeval sea monster defeated by Yahweh (Isa 51:9). A symbolic name for Egypt (Psa 87:4; Isa 30:7).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Rahab (Dragon)
RAHAB (DRAGON) [Heb rahab (רַהַב)]. The name of a mythological sea serpent or dragon, lit. “boisterous one,” referred to a number of times in the OT (Ps 87:4; 89:11—Eng 89:10; Job 9:13; 26:12; Isa 30:7; 51:9). The name of this monster has not hitherto been discovered in any extrabiblical text. In the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Rahab
Rahab. Mythological sea monster that poetically represented Egypt (Ps 87:4). “For Egypt’s help is worthless and empty, therefore I have called her ‘Rahab who sits still’ ” (Is 30:7). The biblical writers, with Israel’s crossing of the Red Sea and the Egyptian army’s subsequent drowning (cf. Is 51:10),
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Rahab
2. [Heb. rahaḇ (Job 9:13; 26:12; Ps. 87:4; 89:10 [MT 11]; Isa. 30:7; 51:9); AV also “(the) proud,” “strength”; NEB also EGYPT. An OT poetic name for a powerful enemy of Yahweh; in some passages it refers to a historical empire hostile to Israel, in others to a demonic monster of some kind.In three
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Rahab (Monster)
RAHAB* (Monster) Mythological sea monster that poetically represented Egypt (Ps 87:4). “For Egypt’s help is worthless and empty, therefore I have called her ‘Rahab who sits still’ ” (Is 30:7, rsv). The biblical writers, with Israel’s crossing of the Red Sea and the Egyptian army’s subsequent drowning
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 New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Rahab
RAHAB (Heb. rahaḇ, lit. ‘pride’, ‘arrogance’), the female monster of chaos (cf. Bab. Tiamat), closely associated with *Leviathan. The curbing of the forces of chaos (pre-eminently the unruly sea) at the creation is poetically described in terms of God’s smiting Rahab (cf. Jb. 26:12, and more generally
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
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Rahab
RAHAB רהבI. Rahab is one of the names in the OT of the chaos monster(s) (cf. also →Leviathan, →Tannin, Tehom [→Tiamat], and Yam). Although there are in the neighbouring cultures many parallels to this phenomenon of chaos monsters, the name Rahab seems to have no cognates. The only exception is in an
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Rahab
RA´HAB (Heb. rāḥāb, “insolence, pride, violence”). A symbolical or poetical name applied to Egypt. It suggests the character of the “sea monster” (Pss. 87:4; 89:10; Isa. 51:9).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Rahab
RahabRahab (rayʹhab). 1 The harlot who sheltered Joshua’s men when they came to spy 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.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Rahab the Dragon
RAHAB THE DRAGON [RAY hab] — a mythological sea monster or dragon representing the evil forces of chaos that God subdued by His creative power. The name Rahab as it occurs in Job 9:13 (NIV), Job 26:12 (NIV), Psalm 87:4 and 89:10, Isaiah 30:7 (NIV), and Isaiah 51:9 has no connection with the personal
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