Rahab

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Hebrew רָחָב (racháv, Rahab).

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Rahab

  1. A prostitute of Jericho who, in the Torah, helped Israelite spies.
    • 1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version), Joshua 6:25:
      And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
  2. (rare) A female given name.
    • 1997 Marion Zimmer Bradley, Gravelight, ISBN 0312865031, page 173:
      Wycherly reflected that any woman raised by a clergyman who named her daughter Rahab was probably making something in the nature of a personal statement.

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