There are two Rahabs in the Bible. This post is about the one who lived in Jericho; believed God; hid the spies Caleb and Joshua sent by Moses; and wound up marrying Caleb and becoming an ancestor to Boaz who married Ruth, another “alien,”as well.
I wanted to go through the genealogies in Matthew and Luke to examine the real people filling Jesus’ family tree but all of the translations say something like, “he (Jesus) was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph” (emphasis mine). Paul says have nothing to do with endless genealogies in 1 Timothy 1:4 so I may be in disobedience except that this is not endless.
I am not sure what to make of that. We know Jesus holds David’s throne because of God’s promise to Abraham and to David….a child born of the promise. Hmm.
Then I happened to notice that Rahab was the only woman mentioned in the genealogies and in that part of Hebrews we like to call the “Hall of Faith”: Rahab, the prostitute, Joshua 2, Joshua 6 , Matthew 1:5 , and Hebrews 11:31.