This Scarlet Cord, written by Joan Wolf, is a story about the young Canaanite girl Rahab as told in the book of Joshua in the Bible. When the Israelites were preparing to take the land of Jericho, Rahab turned to the God of Israel and hatched a plan to save her family from certain destruction.
Since Rahab's story in the book of Joshua only encompasses a small portion of her story (her and her family's escape from death), Joan has decided to fictionalize Rahab's story. Through what she imagines may possibly have been her life, Joan weaves an interesting story based on historical research that will leave you interested to continue reading.
This Scarlet Cord is a story that weaves the story of Rahab, a Canaanite girl, and Sala, a young Israelite. Torn by different religions, the two must either face their differences and go their separate ways or come to a compromise. When Rahab finds herself forced into a pagan ritual that will defile her, she turns to the God of Israel for help. Knowing that her family will possibly reject her for disobeying their god Baal, and that Sala's family will reject her for having a pagan background, Rahab must hope that God will make things right.
This was a really good story. If you enjoy reading Christian historical fiction, I think you'll really like this.
I enjoyed another Biblical fiction story of Joan's called The Reluctant Queen.
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