When Family Christian was looking for bloggers to read and review The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story, I signed up to review the book. The Crimson Cord is written by Jill Eileen Smith. The Bible does not tell us a whole lot about Rahab; liberties were taken and this book should be read as a fictional book and not as the word of God. Jill splits the book into three parts.
Part 1: Tells how Rahab became a prostitute. Rahab was childless and a wife to an abusive gambler (Gamal). She and her husband were sold so that his debts could be paid. Her husband was sold into slavery, and Rahab was sold into prostitution.
Part 2: Rahab's life as a prostitute through Jericho's fall and destruction. Rahab became one of the most sought prostitutes to those high up in the government, even the prince himself. She became pregnant, but was forced to kill her baby. Rahab saved the spies and told them that fear began to spread in Jericho because of the Israelites. Those in Jericho heard how God dried up the water of the Read Sea and what was done to the two kings of the Amorites. It was difficult for Rahab to persuade her family to come into her house, but she was able to do it, and they were saved.
Part 3: After Jericho's destruction through Rahab's marriage to Salmon. Rahab's family did not like the stipulations to become part of Israel (circumcision); her brother called the practice barbaric. They later escape during the night (leaving Rahab behind) for Egypt. At first Salmon does not want to take Rahab as his wife because he is repulsed by the fact that she was a prostitute. Rahab does not want to remarry using the excuses that she's childless and was married beforehand. Salmon goes on a journey to find out what happened to Rahab's husband after he was sold into slavery. It is found that Gamal died.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I even read it to 1:30 AM one night! Like I wrote, this book needs to be read as fiction. There's so much that we do not know about Rahab: 1)We don't know how she became a prostitute, 2)We don't know how many were saved as a result of being in her house, 3)We don't know if she was married before, etc. Jill weaved her hypothesis about Rahab and what we know about Rahab from reading the Bible together well. A few things Jill is able to weave into The Crimson Cord are marrying female captives (see Deuteronomy 21:10-12), Israel's defeat at Ai and Achan's sin (Joshua 7), Ai's fall (Joshua 8), and the Gibeonite's deception (Joshua 9). Overall, I enjoyed this book, and if you read it, I recommend you first go back to Scripture and see what it says.
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