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Updated on January 4, 2008

Whatever Happened To Rahab?

Who was Rahab? She was a woman so honored that her name is included in, what is considered by many as, the 'Faith Hall Of Fame', "By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient". Hebrews 11:31

Yes, she was a prostitute. She probably knew most of the influential men of the town, which is, in my humble opinion, why they didn't search her house. It is obvious they knew the two spies were in her house by this verse: "so the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land". Joshua 2:3. Yet, they took her word for what she said happened, and was sent off on a wild goose chase. God honors faith wherever it is found. Rahab utters one of the bibles greatest confessions of faith which inducted her into the 'Faith Hall Of Fame', and literally grafted her into the genealogy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: "Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab", Matthew 2:5.

Rahab's confession of faith:

" I know that the Lord has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below." Joshua 2:9-11.

Rahab later married an Israelite, who was one of the sons of Caleb, one of the two spies that she hid. His name was Salma or, Salmon.


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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 10 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you In The Doghouse, I appreciate you additional insights on this subject.

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      In The Doghouse 10 years ago from California


      I loved reading the article that you wrote on the story of Rahab. She is truly one who exhibits faith by her actions of courage, dispite the fact that the men of her city fear. After all, fear is the opposite of faith. It is very clear the faith that she exhibited was in the Atonement of Jesus Christ, evidenced by the symbolism of the "line of scarlet thread in the window." This is similar to the message of the blood on the doorposts during the passover plague in Egypt. I even find the terminology that was used in describing the way that the thread was to be placed, "thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window" alluding to the binding covenants that she was entering into. Thus, Faith, Repentance, and Covenants were illustrated by this great story.

      Thanks for reminding me of this.

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      IĆ°unn 10 years ago

      this was new to me and I'm glad I read it. I suspect God judges us most on the the two main commandments he pointed out when asked - "love God" and "love thy neighbor as theyself".

      excellent and informative hub~

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      Wehzo 10 years ago

      Thank you Peter, I appreciate your gracious comment.

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      Peter M. Lopez 10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Good stuff Wehzo. "God honors faith wherever it is found". So true.