The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story by Jill Eileen SmithThe Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story by Jill Eileen Smith

The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story

byJill Eileen Smith

Paperback | January 27, 2015

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The breathtaking story of the prostitute who risked everything to protect two Israelite spies before the battle of Jericho.
Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai, Rebekah, and Rachel in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women live...
Title:The Crimson Cord: Rahab's StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0800720342

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The harlot and the spies! The story of Rahab! Jericho was a town in decay. The inner and outer walls of the city were in such vast need of repair, they could no longer be considered adequate to protect the people who lived behind them. The richest of the folk lived near the center of the town surrounded by the inner wall. The poorest of the poor, the criminals, the sick, lived between the inner wall and the outer wall. This is where Rahab, a prostitute lived with her family and ran a decrepit little tavern, a rowdy inn patronized by rowdy, unscrupulous men. Such were the men who purchased Rahab's attention. One night, she noticed two strangers in her tavern. She suspected they were spies because they were asking a lot of odd questions about the city, its inhabitants, its layout. She guessed they were Hebrew tribesmen, spies sent into the town to gather information before an imminent attack. When word arrived that soldiers were hunting the two men, Rahab hid them on the roof of her house under bundles of flax. Although Rahab told the soldiers she had seen the two men run into the darkness after leaving her tavern, the soldiers searched, but failed to find the two hidden men. As soon as they were gone, Rahab went up to the roof and spoke with the two men. She revealed her interest in learning more about their God and their Hebrew leader, Joshua. She made it clear that by saving their lives, she had put her life and that of her family at great risk. "You owe me and my family a great debt," she said. This, the men could not deny. She made them promise that when the Hebrew attack began, their army would not harm her or her family and would give them safe passage out of the city. They agreed - all she had to do was leave a red cord hanging from the window she helped the two men escape from. In this way, all the Hebrew soldiers would know to spare them from the slaughter. The two men returned to their camp and relayed all that had transpired to Joshua, who agreed to Rahab's terms. Several days later the brutal attack upon the city of Jericho began, and it was everything that Rahab feared it would be. The decrepit city walls tumbled, people scurried about in terror, and the slaughter began. No human or animal escaped the blood lust, except for Rahab and her family. The red cord that hung from her window saved their lives. Rahab and her family safely entered the Hebrew camp. Rahab remained, living among them, and converted to the Hebrew religion and became a loyal follower of God. Author Jill Eileen Smith has written a novel of Rahab's remarkable survival and faith entitled The Crimson Cord. Well written, evocative, and heart-wrenching, she portrays Rahab as remarkably resourceful, savvy, and kind-hearted. If you love ancient history, Jill Eileen Smith has added to her repretoire of biblical women with this fascinating new addition. Highly recommended. Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Masterfully told Bringing the story of Rahab to life in an utterly unique way, "The Crimson Cord" is sure to please fans of historical fiction! As with her prior books, it is clear that Smith has carefully mined the scriptures to provide a fictionalized version of Rahab's story that is still faithful to the Biblical account. The historical setting rings with authenticity as the author has brought the time and place to life, including capturing the arrogant and violent attitudes of the men who ruled the land. Rahab's descent into the oldest profession on earth is heartbreaking to behold, and makes the ending all the more precious. Smith has done an excellent job at fleshing out Rahab's character, along with that of Salmon, and their love story is handled beautifully. Reading this fictional account makes me so thankful for a God of grace. Although the majority of readers of this novel are not going to empathize with Rahab's journey into prostitution, they will surely connect with Rahab's realization of her sin and unworthiness, and the forgiveness that is offered by our God. I continue to enjoy Smith's ability to create page-turning tales that are based in stories from the Word. They continue to be some of the best books in the Christian marketplace today. If you have long wondered how Rahab came to be a prostitute and how her life was so beautifully redeemed, then pick up a copy of "The Crimson Cord". It is a wonderful read! I award this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Written Historical Fiction I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell Books, Baker Publishing Co., in exchange for my honest review and participation in a blog tour. This is the story of Rahab from the book of Joshua, Jewish history and part of the Christian Old Testament. There is very little known of Rahab except that she was a Canaanite prostitute who lived in a house whose back wall was part of the wall of Jericho, and that she aided two spies from the Israeli camp across the Jordan by lowering them from her window. In exchange, life was granted to all who lived within her house, which was marked by a crimson cord hanging from her window. Smith has used information from the Bible, from history of the times, and knowledge of Canaanite practices to imagine the circumstances which led this brave woman into prostitution, and then to putting her faith in the God of Israel, and eventually becoming part of the lineage of King David, and Jesus, the son of Mary. This novel is full of the sights and scents of the market of Jericho, the plight of people (especially women or the poor) trapped in debts they are unable to pay, details of the making of cloth and bread, and the way of judgment and redemption provided by the God of Joshua and Moses. The new religion must have been difficult at times for Rahab to understand, and it brought new meaning to me of the blood sacrifice for sins as Rahab grappled with learning about her new faith. I found this book to be very plausible historical fiction and I appreciated the author's note at the end of the story about how she formulated the unknown from various references. I was interested to learn that Smith has written historical fiction about other women from the Old Testament: The Wives of King David, The Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon. The Crimson Cord is the first in her series of Daughters of The Promised Land. I look forward to reading more from her.
Date published: 2015-02-16