The Crimson Cord

The Crimson Cord

Rahab's Story

eBook - 2015
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Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband's debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho's walls, or if she will ever know the meaning of love. Under Jill Eileen Smith's talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Readers will find themselves fully immersed in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781441221155
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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bibliosara May 22, 2018

I was extremely impressed with my first Jill Eileen Smith novel. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant about reading it: although I love biblical fiction, I know that the Old Testament (and therefore, books based on its' stories) can be violent and callous towards other peoples. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Smith's portrayal of the fall of Jericho and Rahab's role in it.
Rahab is the star in this biblical novel, where this amazing woman not only helps Israel triumph over Jericho, but triumphs over her own inner demons. Smith portrays the events with respectful honesty, honoring all those involved in the story. She depicts the bible story accurately, without dismissing some of the more supernatural phenomena that occurs. She subtly reminds the reader that the people of Jericho were human, and a few were even good people caught in a catastrophe but unwilling to free themselves from the mire they were stuck in.
I am working on reading the Bible this year, and I was lucky enough to be reading Rahab's story in the Bible at the same time as I read this novel. This certainly helped me to better understand the events of the Bible by making them real to me. They were presented in such an honest way that I could, at least begin, to understand the events of these harsh times.
Best of all, Smith's belief in the all-consuming, unstoppable, and unbelievable love God has for us is obvious throughout her novel. I adored the ending - perhaps the best ending in a biblical novel I've ever read.
The only reason this novel didn't get 5 stars from me is the pace; Rahab's challenges went on long enough to make me feel weary of her persecution.
Highly recommended for any biblical fiction fans - whether Jewish or Christian - or historical fiction, although nonbelievers may be a bit miffed by the inclusion of supernatural events and religious beliefs.

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