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Rahab

Rahab the Faithful Harlot

The biblical Rahab is a Canaanite prostitute who becomes faithful to the God of Israel, hiding two Israelite spies when the king of Jericho sends men to capture them. The rabbis imagine her as a superhumanly seductive woman who knows the secrets of all the men in Jericho as well as the ultimate example of repentance. The biblical story, however, suggests a more complex character, who worked within the power structures around her.

Dr.

Amy Cooper Robertson

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Were Rahab's Sisters Saved?

Making sense of small differences between biblical lists: a look at the merit of different reading strategies.

Dr.

Shira Golani

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Judaism's First Converts: A Pagan Priest and a Prostitute

Linked by words and acts of chesed (lovingkindness), Jethro and Rahab (a pagan priest and a prostitute) are rabbinic exemplars of true converts.[1]

Dr. Rabbi

David J. Zucker

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Rabbi

Moshe Reiss

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