Women's History Month - Live The Bible: Rahab Meme


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Today's woman:

In the same way, wasn't Rahab the prostitute shown to be righteous when she received the messengers as her guests and then sent them on by another road?
James 2:25 CEB

From the #CEBStudyBible: "She is identified as a prostitute but the exact nature of that identity is uncertain. Prostitution simply for economic survival was practiced (Prov 6:26). The nature of Rahab's prostitution isn't specified. It's also not clear whether the two Israelite spies came to Rahab as her customers. Some of the language of the story implies sexual activity ('they bedded down there'), but there is no indication the spies actually engaged in sex with Rahab. What is clear, however, is that Rahab's identity as a prostitute is ironic. Though she engaged in disreputable activity, she hides the spies and is preserved for this act when the Israelites invade Jericho (Josh 6:17). The NT includes her in the genealogy of Jesus (Matt 1:5). She is also praised as a person of great faith (Heb 11:31) and as one who was justified by the act of harboring the Israelite spies (Jas 2:25)."

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