This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab

This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab

by Joan Wolf
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This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab by Joan Wolf

Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of the most tender love stories.

Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This act of faith changed her life by placing her in the genealogy of Christ.

Rahab is the youngest daughter of a Canaanite farmer, taken to Jericho for the pagan New Year so her father can find her a wealthy spouse. Sala, the Israelite boy who had once saved her from being kidnapped, is also in Jericho. When the two young people meet again they admit their love for one another, but their different religions make marriage impossible.

Their love story plays out against the background of Jericho’s pagan rites. It is only when the One True God of Israel comes into Rahab’s life—and she realizes what He is calling her to do—that she and Sala can come together.

Witness Rahab as a young woman determined to find her destiny as she follows her heart toward true love . . . and the One True God.

"Wolf (A Reluctant Queen) holds our interest by skillfully conjuring up a fascinating version of Rahab’s story, successfully persuading us that the story is far more complex than merely a “scarlet cord.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401686581
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/09/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 268,938
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Joan Wolf was born in New York City but has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Connecticut, where she raised two children and countless numbers of assorted animals. Joan is the author of numerous historical novels including The Road to Avalon which Publishers Weekly lauded as "historical fiction at its finest."

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This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
swt_angel_79 More than 1 year ago
Though this book was a biblical fiction, I found it very intriguing.  It's account of the story of Rahab left me wanting to read more of my bible.  Her love for her people, those involved in the story and of God was simply beautiful.  What a brave and beautiful young woman she had to have been!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think we all have images in our minds of what the Biblical accounts we have read are supposed to look like. This one was no exception for me. The story of Rahab is not one that I have read a lot, but I am familiar with it and where she fits into God’s story. This Scarlet Cord is the fictional account of the story of Rahab by author Joan Wolf. In her notes to the reader at the end of the book, Joan Wolf states that she has take the story of a Rahab which, in the Bible, equals about 5 paragraphs, and lengthened it into a book of about 85,000 words. That is not an easy thing to do, I am sure. After reading Wolf’s last novel about Queen Esther, A Reluctant Queen, I was very eager to read this one. The story begins with Rahab as a young girl and ends shortly after the fall of Jericho. Both the beginning and ending are plausible because the Bible doesn’t really include that information. There are some areas in the middle that I would consider more fiction than Biblical. That being said, I am simply going to share some things about the novel, and a few that I didn’t. I am not a Bible expert. I am supposed to write a review, so these are my feelings toward the parts of the book I didn’t like. The story doesn’t follow 100% of the Biblical account of the story of Rahab. The Bible mentions in several places that she is a harlot, and the author changes that fact, which kind of skews the way she helps the Israelite spies. Also, Wolf places Israelites in other cities and not with the rest of the Israelites coming out of Egypt, which is where Sala comes from, and is how he comes to know Rahab before the siege on Jericho. I find this extremely hard to believe. I realize this is fiction, but this is one point I had issue with. It has however pushed me to my Bible to do some further research. Another portion of the book that was difficult me to read, was when Rahab’s family comes to Jericho and there is A LOT of explicit discussion about Baal worship and the sexual connotations surrounding their religious rituals. It is not severe, but I really would rather not read about these things and skimmed over a large portion of this section of the book. That being said, there were some things I did like, and I thought the author did a wonderful job weaving into the story. I liked the love story between Rahab and Sala. What girl doesn’t like a love story? It was very sweet and pure and I enjoy reading about how it grew. I loved how Wolf revealed the conversion of Rahab to Yahweh as a process in the story. The Bible doesn’t say anything about that either, but we know it must have happened at some point because she became a part of the Israelite family and her name is in the lineage of Jesus. That part of the story was a beautiful thing. The last thing I really liked was how the author rehearsed the Battle of Jericho and how the walls fell down. I thought she was very creative and descriptive and the development of how the Israelites took the city stuck to the Biblical account but was developed in areas where we have no information. The last part of the story was redeeming for the book. If you enjoy Biblical fiction, this will be an interesting read for you. I would recommend it for 18+ though because of some of the sexuality found in the book. Many blessings as you read and I hope you look for Jesus and His story in whatever you read. *Disclaimer-I received this book free from Booksneeze as part of a free books for bloggers program. I was not required to give a positive review. The thoughts and opinions found here are entirely my own.
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven blog. My granddaddy was a devout Catholic that loved to read. And my best memories of him are of sitting next to him by the fire as he read stories from the Bible, a book he read religiously multiple times a week. Even though I don't qualify myself to be as devout as he was, it is no surprise that I do enjoy biblical fiction. The bible is filled with exciting stories of love, hope, war and betrayals - the foundations of any good story. I attribute my voracious appetite to the written word to him, so thanks grandpa. May you have endless amazing reading material up in Heaven. As a kid, I had my favorite stories. Samson was one of my favorite ones, and the one I wanted to hear most of the time. So when I pick up a biblical retelling, I sometimes don't know much about, or remember much about that particular story, such as this story of Rahab. So I am not very concerned with the accuracy of events. I just want a good read, interest read. In 'The Scarlet Cord' you definitely get an engaging read. Rahab is kidnapped by a band of bandits, but is rescued from their clutches by a young Sala. The two couldn't be from two more different worlds. Sala and his people believe in the one true God. While Rahab and her people believe in many. But the two forge a deep friendship as only two children, with no regard from any worldly imposed differences, can. Rahab's family comes to claim her and take her home and the two young friends separate, possibly forever... But it wasn't forever. Through a series of events, Sala and his father find themselves within the city of Jericho on a dangerous mission. At the same time, the old king of the city must perform a ritual to honor the god Baal and give the people their much needed hope for the upcoming year. Rahab is chosen for her beauty as the other half of this ritual, much to her anguish as she does not wish to be the selected beauty sacrificing her virginity. But behold! There is divine intervention! The King dies before he can complete the act! Jericho is on the brink of war, and this is only one event in a long chain that picks up momentum as you continue to read this story. Love? Oh yes, there is love in this story. A love so strong that it can conquer any difference if both Rahab and Saal can manage to see through their cultural and religious differences. Hope? Much hope. But in war, there are no winners. War? Tons of it. The majority of this novel is centered around it. Betrayal? What's a good biblical story without it? All the makings of a good story. All present in this imaginative and intense retelling of the story of Rahab 'the harlot', the Jericho woman who hid Israelite spies inside its city walls, while their world was on the brink of a war that would change history. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher via Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading This Scarlet Cord, by Joan Wolf. This was a fictional book based on the love story of Rahab from the book of Joshua in the Bible. Obviously, mention of Rahab in the Bible consists of a few verses in chapter 2 and chapter 6. But her real importance is in the book of Matthew, chapter 1, the Genealogy of Christ. Rahab, in the Bible, is a prostitute who helps two Israelite spies escape Jericho. They in turn save her when the Lord takes Jericho for his people. In This Scarlet Cord, Wolf, takes a slightly different look at Rahab. She breaks the book into three parts. Part 1 is where Rahab and Sala (Salmon in the Bible) meet when he saves her from slave traders. They meet again in Part 2 when Sala and his father, Lord Nahshon, disguise themselves so that people in Jericho will not know they are Israelites‘. Rahab and her family have come to Jericho so that Rahab can find a wealthy husband. Then, in Part 3, this is the part of the story that comes from the Bible in Joshua Chapter 2-6. In order to read this book, you need to have an understanding of the book of Joshua so that you are not lead astray as to the character of Rahab. However, it is wonderfully written to give you some insight of the things that were happening at that time to both the Israelites and the Canaanites. I really enjoyed just being able to take a glimpse into history by reading this story. Thank you Booksneeze for the opportunity to review this book.
sara1955 More than 1 year ago
This Scarlet Cord is a story telling the tale of Rahab, known as a prostitute of Jericho. Joan Wolf has built her story based on the brief mention in the Old Testament giving her a more honorable life. As Rahab grows from girlhood to womanhood, she meets Sala, the boy then the man who will be her husband. Their religious differences are immense, yet their love is graced by God. Rahab is favored by the king and is summoned for use in a paganistic ritual. She is appalled by the thought, and turns to the Christian God for deliverance from this fate. That simple act, one so small yet so mighty, brings her to a place in Christian history that in very important. She is able to fulfill her love and destiny by then helping two of Joshua’s spies by letting down a scarlet cord. This cord tells the army which house is to be untouched. It saves her family from certain death. An old tale for certain, but one told with such feeling and giving a dimension to the thoughts, hopes, and desires of the little-known woman that plays an important role to Christianity. I give this book a 4.5 out of five stars. DISCLAIMER: I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Rahab meets Sala, an Israelite boy when she is a young girl. But their families don’t intermingle and she is soon in Jericho while her father tries to find her the perfect husband. Perfect to her father means wealthy and important. But perfect to Rahab means someone she can relate to and who loves her. But that isn’t looking likely; especially when she is noticed by the king. In the notes by the author she mentions her intrigue with the story and how it came about. She created a story around why Rahab was a believer and how she came to be part of Christ’s lineage. I think she did a beautiful job. The story flows well and while plot driven, also engaged me with it’s well defined characters. It was a beautifully written historical fiction. I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I don't know much about Rahab and the story of Jericho - other than the walls fell down and the Israelites were victorious. But Joan Wolf has a way with words. The city jumps off the pages, from the crowded and congested lower city, to the pristine temples of Baal and Ashera. Rahab is a very fascinating character. She is a strong woman that seems to really look at what is going on around her, choosing her decisions based on what her heart tells her. She seems a great math for Sala, but there is one huge problem. She is a Canaanite and he is an Israelite. Neither of their families would ever agree to a marriage. But as her life begins to fall apart, she begins to re-think her beliefs and her way of life. This was no sudden epiphany, but a good long soul-searching that was quite touching and a little scary. As an army approaches the city of Jericho, her decisions will mean the life or death of her entire family. While this is an inspirational romance, you do not have to be religious to enjoy the romance and time period. It's a very well told story of two amazing people during a time that isn't visited very often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Rahab's role n the battle of Jerico. First, the author writes great Biblical fiction and knows vastly more than I , but this book was slow. No real plot development. I would have liked to see better character descriptions. It was aa slow going book for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago