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Rahab: Operated an inn located in the walls of the city of Jericho. When Joshua sent two spies to survey Jericho in anticipation of the Israelites’ impending invasion of Canaan, they stayed at her inn. When the Canaanites got wind of the spies' whereabouts, she hid them on her rooftop and sent the Canaanites on a wild goose chase. In return, the Israelites spared her and her family. According to the Midrash, she later converted to Judaism and married Joshua.
A Worthy Successor, The Two Spies
1273 BCE
Two days before the conclusion of the thirty-day mourning period following the passing of Moses on Adar 7 (see Jewish History for the 7th of Nissan), Joshua dispatched two scouts--Caleb and Pinchas--across the Jordan River to Jericho, to gather intelligen...
Rahab was a resident of Jericho, who sheltered two spies whom Joshua had sent to scout out the city. She was rewarded for her kindness and ultimately married Joshua, taking her place in the ranks of righteous converts. Who Was Rahab? It was a month after ...
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The haftarah for Shelach tells about the spies Joshua sent to Jericho, to do espionage in the land of Canaan. Joshua 2:1-24. Joshua sent two spies and, they came to the home of a woman who was a zonah named Rahab. Rashi explains that the word zonah here m...
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