Rahab’s Confession: Confirmation & Anticipation of the Lord’s Covenant Faithfulness

After several weeks of meditation and research over the Israelite spies’ encounter with Rahab in Joshua 2 (esp. 2:8-14), I finally completed my paper for Hebrew class. It was a joy to write it, to gain an even better appreciation for the Hebrew text, and to behold the might and faithfulness of the God of Israel. I hope some of you take some time to look through it.

For those of you who saw the word “Hebrew” above and trembled at the thought of trying to read an exegetical paper, these next couple of notes should help calm your fears. Though it contains Hebrew, the English translation is provided most of the time in parentheses. There are also several syntactical and grammatical notes, but these should not hinder you from understanding the theological significance (i.e. the “so what”) of the text. Further, if you have any questions regarding the passage, feel free to dialogue with me about it on here or through email.

I would love to hear from all of you who do choose to read it at least one thing the Lord taught you about himself, his kingdom, his mercy, his justice, etc. Here is a preview of the introduction to wet your appetite:

“Spanning the ages, from the first day when God’s spoken order triumphed over the cosmic chaos, to these last days in which the Spirit gathers the elect from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation by the power of Christ’s gospel, the kingdom of God has not ceased to irrupt on earth. Within this metanarrative, the gift of the Promised Land to Israel plays a vital role in portraying the Lord’s impending (realized) reign over all creation. A noticeable storyline concerning the initial fulfillments of this land promise flows from the Pentateuch into Joshua, the first of the Historical Books. After the death of Moses, the Lord bolsters his leader, Joshua, and the people, by affirming his plan to give them the promised land of Canaan (Deut 34:1-Josh 1:18), some of which has already been claimed (Num 21:21-35; 31:25-32:42). Moreover, as providence would have it, evidence of this Divine Warrior’s conquest on behalf of his people would come even from the mouth of a harlot in Jericho (Josh 2:9-11). It is here, in the story of Rahab, that readers of Joshua will find not merely a Canaanite’s confession of faith in Israel’s God, but also an account that functions to confirm the Lord’s previous promises and anticipate the imminent taking of Jericho and then the Land–both a promotion of God’s kingdom.”

Click here for the rest of the paper.

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