Rahab, a Canaanite related to Christ has always been a bit of a mystery for readers. Little is devoted to her beyond the fact that she hid two Israelite spies which resulted in her and her family being saved. Just who is Rahab, and why was she saved? How did she come to believe in Yahweh enough to save the Israelite spies?
This is the premise of what This Scarlet Cord attempts to explain. Just who was Rahab, and her family. How did she meet and marry into the line that would ultimately beget Boaz and Ruth among others? Wolf in her novel provides an interesting, alternative take to the story of Rahab, including a presupposition I’ve not seen in previous stories, as I would prefer not to make this a spoiler alert, I will say that I enjoyed the romance in this take of Rahab.
The story begins with young, innocent Rahab and an encounter that stays with her throughout the book. I really appreciated the development and background into her relationship with her future husband. The characters utilized by Wolf were easy to relate to. They had their flaws and yet their flaws could also turn out to be their redeeming quality.
Biblical Fiction is one of my favorite genres to read a book in, I’ve had the opportunity to read books on Rahab in the past and appreciate the differences in this authors approach. On the basis of the storyline given, the characters introduced, as well as the believability of a world crafted by Wolf, I will give this book 4/5 stars. I found it hard to put down once I started and believe that many other readers will be the same.
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