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ATS Bible Dictionary

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• Nave's Topical Bible
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Rahab (1)
Rahab (2)
• Hitchcock's Bible Names
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Rahab, or Rachab
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Greek - Rahab
Hebrew - Rahab
Hebrew - Rahab
Hebrew - Rahab

The English word Rahab represents two different Hebrew words:

1. RAHAB, a Canaanite woman of Jericho, who gave shelter to the two spies sent in thither by Joshua; and in return was spared, with all her kindred, when the city was taken and destroyed, Joshua 2:1-21 6:17-25. Her faith, in doing this, is commended in Hebrews 11:31 James 2:25. The Jews and many Christians endeavor to show that Rahab was only an honest innkeeper; but more probably the designation of "harlot" given to her in our Bible is correct. If she had at some time led a dissolute life, she had evidently repented; and she afterwards became a worshipper of Jehovah, and the wife of Salmon, a prince of the tribe of Judah, Ruth 4:21 Matthew 1:4.

The penitent publican and sinner are always welcome to Christ; and many such a one, through the renovating power of grace, will shine gloriously in heaven, while the unbelieving moralist will perish in his sins.

2. RAHAB, pride, insolence, a symbolical name for Egypt, Psalms 87:4 89:10 Isaiah 30:7 51:9. In the last of these passages, Egypt is further symbolized as a ferocious sea-monster; but it is doubtful whether the word Rahab itself is ever used to denote a sea-monster.

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'RAHAB'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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