This is the name of a biblical woman and a poetic name for Egypt.
Rahab, a Canaanite woman and legal ancestor of Jesus Christ
This is the name of a Canaanite harlot (prostitute woman) who saved to Hebrew men and who became a follower of Jehovah. She was hospitable, merciful, and repentant—leaving a world of idolatry and uniting with the Israelites as a follower of Jehovah God (a proselyte).
Hebrew: רָחָב —transliteration: Rachab / modern Hebrew: Raẖav —occurrences: 5
Greek: Ῥαάβ —transliteration: Rhaab —occurrences: 2 (Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25)
When the Hebrews were encamped at Shittim, in the “Arabah” or Jordan valley opposite Jericho, ready to cross the river, Joshua, as a final preparation, sent out 2 spies to gain intelligence on the the city.
The spies reported how it had fared with them (Joshua 2:1-7). They had been exposed to danger in Jericho, and had been saved by the fidelity of Rahab the harlot, to whose house they had gone for protection.
When the city of Jericho fell (6:17-25), Rahab and her whole family were preserved according to the promise of the spies, and were incorporated among the Jewish people. She afterwards became the wife of Salmon, a prince of the tribe of Judah (Ruth 4:21; 1 Chronicles 2:11; Matthew 1:5).
“Rahab's being asked to bring out the spies to the soldiers (Joshua 2:3) sent for them, is in strict keeping with Eastern manners, which would not permit any man to enter a woman's house without her permission.
The fact of her covering the spies with bundles of flax which lay on her house-roof (Joshua 2:6) is an ‘undesigned coincidence’ which strictly corroborates the narrative. It was the time of the barley harvest, and flax and barley are ripe at the same time in the Jordan valley, so that the bundles of flax stalks might have been expected to be drying just then” —John Cunningham Geikie, Hours with the Bible, or, the Scriptures in the Light of Modern Discovery and Knowledge (1896-97), ii., 390.Archaeology
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Her name is found in the genealogy of our Lord in Matthew 1:5.
Ancestor of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ
Salmon and Rahab (Rachab) → Boaz (Booz) → Obed → Jesse → KING DAVID → Nathan → Mattathah → Menan (Menna) → Melea → Eliakim → Jonan → Joseph → Judah → Simeon → Levi → Matthat → Jorim → Eliezer → Jose (Joshua, Jesus) → Er → Elmodam → Cosam → Addi → Melchi → Neri → Shealtiel → Zerubbabel → Rhesa → Joannas (Joanna) → Judah → Joseph → Semei → Mattathiah (Mattathias) → Maath → Naggai → Esli → Nahum → Amos → Mattathiah (Mattathias) → Joseph → Janna → Melchi → Levi → Matthat → Heli → MARY, mother of Jesus Jesus Christ
Ancestor of Joseph, the legal father of Jesus Christ
Salmon (and Rahab) → Boaz → Obed → Jesse → KING DAVID → King Solomon → King Rehoboam → King Abijah (Abijam) → King Asa → King Jehoshaphat → King Jehoram (Joram) → King Ahaziah (Uzziah) → King Jotham → King Ahaz → King Hezekiah → King Manasseh → King Amon → King Josiah → Jeconiah (Jechonias, Jehoiachin, Jekonjah, Coniah, Neri) → Prince Shealtiel → Prince Zerubbabel (Zorobabel) → Prince Abiud (Abihud) → Governor Eliakim → Azor → Zadok → Achim → Eliud → Eleazar → Matthan → Jacob → JOSEPH, the adoptive, legal father of of Jesus Christ
The Jewish Talmud and Midrash claim that her descendants also include 8 prophets, such as Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hilkiah, Seraiah, Mahseiah, Baruch, and Huldah, a prophetess. Rabbinic tradition also claims that Rahab was exceptionally pretty, one of the world’s 4 most beautiful women. However, the truth of these traditions cannot be confirmed.
Rahab, a sea monster
Hebrew: רַהַב —transliteration: Rahab —meaning: a sea monster, strong, proud, arrogance
This is a name of a sea monster that is also symbolic of power, pride, chaotic forces and evil.
“He quieted the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He shattered Rahab. —Job 26:12
“God will not turn back His anger;
Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab [the proud]. —Job 9:13
Rahab, the land
Hebrew: רַהַב —transliteration: Rahab —meaning: storm; a blusterer (prideful insolence in strength)
This is a poetical name used for Egypt in the following verses.
“I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; … —Psalm 87:4 NASB excerpt
Even Egypt, whose help is vain and empty.
Therefore, I have called her
“Rahab who has been exterminated.” —Isaiah 30:7
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord;
Awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago.
Was it not You who cut Rahab in pieces,
Who pierced the dragon? —Isaiah 51:9 NASB
You Yourself crushed Rahab like one who is slain;
You scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm. —Psalm 89:11 NASB