Rahab's Story by Ann Burton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a wonderful series taken from the Bible and fleshed out with historical details to make an interesting and compelling story. Rahab is cast out of her family due to lies told by her stepmother. Her father won't listen to his daughter and she is sent out with no money or future. Starving and destitute, she attempts to steal some fruit from a tree growing in a yard. She is caught and taken into a high class house of prostitution and under the wing of the owner. This view into her life in such a house is very different from what I would have imagined. The town is pagan and these women are not seen as degenerate as we might feel.
Rahab gets to know some Hebrews spies in town and she confesses that she has been taught the Hebrew ways by her mother and is a believer. She protects them from being captured and when the Hebrew army comes to raze the city, everyone in the house is protected by the strip of red cloth hanging from the window.
The outlines of the story are taken right from the Bible, but this is a delightful story that makes the Bible come alive.
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