[b-hebrew] Rahab's Guests

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Jul 12 07:08:49 EDT 2003

Clay, look at the context, your reading makes sense. In verse 5 she tells the special ops team that the men had left her house just before the gates were to be closed, therefore they should quickly persue them to catch up to them. But the Israelites had not left the city, not even Rahab’s house, for Rahab had hid them on her roof. She told the special ops team a bald faced lie.

Incidently, there is another Jewish tradition repeated in Matthew 1:5 that Rahab did convert, married $LM), was the mother of Boaz who married Ruth, making her an ancestress of King David.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: CS Bartholomew <jacksonpollock at earthlink.net>
> After some more thought I think we have two perspectives in this narrative
> that need to be kept separate. There is the point of view of the narrator
> and there is the story Rahab tells the "special ops team" from the King.
> >From the narrators perspective we are being told that the spies came into
> her house and she gave the lodging for the night. But when hit squad arrives
> she lies through her teeth feeding them a very plausible story which is
> designed to get rid of them.
> I could be wrong of course, but that is they way I read if at the moment.
> greetings,
> Clay Bartholomew
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