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Jewel of Jericho: Rahab's Story: Biblical historical fiction (Fruit of Her Hands)

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The story of Rahab comes to us through Joshua. Forty years of wandering have brought the children of Israel to their Promised Land, now controlled by the peoples of Canaan. This remarkable story tells of Jewish spies and their unexpected saving. There is a call and a reason to answer. Through it all, the hand of God moves not only nations to war, but individuals to great r The story of Rahab comes to us through Joshua. Forty years of wandering have brought the children of Israel to their Promised Land, now controlled by the peoples of Canaan. This remarkable story tells of Jewish spies and their unexpected saving. There is a call and a reason to answer. Through it all, the hand of God moves not only nations to war, but individuals to great risks and greater rewards. My name is Rahab. I am a woman of Canaan. I do not belong in the lineage of the greatest love story, and yet, I am here. Kings have come through me. My people would look in wonder or scorn. It matters not for they are no more. Rahabek is a strong name. I took it to myself and carried my head high. Now it has come down through the ages, the story of a whore who betrayed her people. But I do not think they were my people. The One who called from across the Jordan said I am His. He is mine. As such, His people have become my people. My haughty head I now bow low, for I am redeemed in love and joy. Listen to my story. Decide for yourself. It is no easy thing to fall into the hands of a fearful God without a willing heart.


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The story of Rahab comes to us through Joshua. Forty years of wandering have brought the children of Israel to their Promised Land, now controlled by the peoples of Canaan. This remarkable story tells of Jewish spies and their unexpected saving. There is a call and a reason to answer. Through it all, the hand of God moves not only nations to war, but individuals to great r The story of Rahab comes to us through Joshua. Forty years of wandering have brought the children of Israel to their Promised Land, now controlled by the peoples of Canaan. This remarkable story tells of Jewish spies and their unexpected saving. There is a call and a reason to answer. Through it all, the hand of God moves not only nations to war, but individuals to great risks and greater rewards. My name is Rahab. I am a woman of Canaan. I do not belong in the lineage of the greatest love story, and yet, I am here. Kings have come through me. My people would look in wonder or scorn. It matters not for they are no more. Rahabek is a strong name. I took it to myself and carried my head high. Now it has come down through the ages, the story of a whore who betrayed her people. But I do not think they were my people. The One who called from across the Jordan said I am His. He is mine. As such, His people have become my people. My haughty head I now bow low, for I am redeemed in love and joy. Listen to my story. Decide for yourself. It is no easy thing to fall into the hands of a fearful God without a willing heart.

30 review for Jewel of Jericho: Rahab's Story: Biblical historical fiction (Fruit of Her Hands)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Enjoyable & uplifting. Does not shy away from Rahab's lifestyle pre-conversion. Immersive time period details. Lovely writing portrays God making himself known to Rahab & bringing her to faith. Glad I read it! Enjoyable & uplifting. Does not shy away from Rahab's lifestyle pre-conversion. Immersive time period details. Lovely writing portrays God making himself known to Rahab & bringing her to faith. Glad I read it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Thought-provoking Jewel of Jericho is the third book I have read this year about the fall of Jericho. While the main events of each story follow the Biblical narrative and thus are essentially the same, each one handles the account with a great deal of creativity. And due to the sparse details given in the Bible, there is much room for speculation on how the events transpired. I lost count of the number of times I thought, "I never even considered this aspect of Rahab's story" as I read Jewel of J Thought-provoking Jewel of Jericho is the third book I have read this year about the fall of Jericho. While the main events of each story follow the Biblical narrative and thus are essentially the same, each one handles the account with a great deal of creativity. And due to the sparse details given in the Bible, there is much room for speculation on how the events transpired. I lost count of the number of times I thought, "I never even considered this aspect of Rahab's story" as I read Jewel of Jericho. Considerations such as the impression the Canaanites would have had of the people of Israel appearing in the land again after 40 years had passed. Or, the speculation that household skills such as grinding grain and making bread would have been a lost art to these nomadic people. Laurie Boulden showed very careful attention to intricate details of the daily life of Rahab and of the Israelites. The author apparently has a deep faith in the Lord and it comes through beautifully. Every mention of YHWH is filled with love and respect, even pagan in Rahab's impression of Him. Jewel of Jericho is a story of the redemption of the outcast. The story of the love of the God who knows all about us and loves us anyway. One of my favorite moments of the story was Salmon repeating to himself the words from the Lord that Joshua spoke. Not having Scriptures in written form, it certainly would have been important for them to continually remind themselves of the words of the Lord. And even though we do have access to God's Word in so many forms, we should do the same, meditating on His word and holding on to the truths they contain. There were a couple of things that gave me pause as I read, though I realize they are probably due to my ignorance of the customs, dress, and words the author chose to use. A mention of Rahab's "blouse" brought to mind a clothing item from more modern times. And yet, I have never researched what the Canaanites wore. A mention of her closing the window of the inn made me roll my eyes until I realized the author most likely referred to closing shutters, not a glass window. These were a distraction to me... The author didn't attempt to whitewash the ugliness of Rahab's former way of life. She did point out, however, the very likely possibility that in that culture, it was not looked upon as a wrong way of life. I had not actually considered this in the past, though with the other evils that society embraced, it makes sense this would have been the case. I would not recommend this for a younger audience. While remaining clean, there were hints as to Rahab sleeping with various men in a fade-to-black manner. There was also quite a bit of bloodshed, in sacrifice at Jericho and the battle of Ai. Readers of Biblical fiction should certainly consider adding Jewel of Jericho to their library. I'm looking forward to reading more from Laurie Boulden. Originally Reviewed on Among The Reads

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tim Fay

    Interesting read It's an interesting story to bring the story of Rahab in the book of Joshua to life. I am recommending this to my friends who enjoy fictional stories based on truth. Interesting read It's an interesting story to bring the story of Rahab in the book of Joshua to life. I am recommending this to my friends who enjoy fictional stories based on truth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    harolyn smith

    Woman of faith This book tells of the life of Rahab. I have always wanted to learn more about this courageous woman who helped the two enemies of Ai escape from the city wall.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Great Book I truly enjoyed the way the book was written and how it was kept within the boundaries of scripture. Worth the purchase price.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzan Turley

    Very good story of Rahab told in an interesting and intriguing way. Easy to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  8. 5 out of 5

    L P Spencer Jegunma

  9. 4 out of 5

    patsy anderson

  10. 5 out of 5

    Raye-Jean Berger

  11. 5 out of 5

    faith whitlock

  12. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Staggs

  13. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Williams

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Dillard

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    Margaret Poisson

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patty

  17. 5 out of 5

    gilbert ricks

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Nierenberg

  19. 4 out of 5

    carole bergquist

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Symonds

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Oldham

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Fassett

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Lee

  26. 4 out of 5

    William K. Foster

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Marlene Gaither

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Pierpnt

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