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This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab (Biblical Fiction)

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A chasm lies between Rahab and her beloved Sala that can never be crossed. Though Sala rescues young Rahab from slave bandits, he knows he can never fall in love with a Canaanite. His belief in the One True God prevents them from a future together. Rahab's beauty gains royal notice, and she is selected to entice the King during the annual sacred marriage reenactment praisi ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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After enjoying Wolf's retelling of the story of Esther in A Reluctant Queen, I eagerly anticipated her next book especially as I've read some other retellings of Rahab and enjoyed them. I really do love reading about the women who are listed in the genealogy of Jesus.

BUT. I really struggled with the first part, which is titled "First Meeting" and introduces Rahab and Sala (Salmon being a name that has unfortunate connotations for most modern readers as Wolf explains) as young people. I was not s
I don't know much about Rahab and the story of Jericho - other than the walls fell down and the Israelites were victorious. But Joan Wolf has a way with words. The city jumps off the pages, from the crowded and congested lower city, to the pristine temples of Baal and Ashera.

Rahab is a very fascinating character. She is a strong woman that seems to really look at what is going on around her, choosing her decisions based on what her heart tells her. She seems a great math for Sala, but there is o
Feb 06, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
This is my first experience reading a Joan Wolf book and it certainly will not be my last. The biblical Rahab is only given about 5 paragraphs in the Bible but Wolf provides us with 8,500 words of her story. However, the author does remind us readers that may have forgotten that the gospel of Matthew does state that Rahab was the mother of Boaz and thus quite relevant in the genealogy of Jesus. What lead this woman and her family to take their place in scripture?

The book begins when Rahab, a yo
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
I purchased the audio version of this book to make the drive to and from work more enjoyable. I hadn't read anything by this author before. I looked forward to learning more about Rahab. This story was brought to life and made me feel as if I had been thrust onto the City streets of Jericho. I felt as if I were mingling in amongest the crowds watching Rahab and her family.

I liked the way Brooke Heldman read the book and how she captured the lively spirit of Rahab. She did a good job of creating
This is a beautiful love story and the coming together of two different people do to race, culture, and religious differences. I enjoyed Mrs. Wolf's writing style. I especially enjoyed the way she writes Sala, he is perfect and chivalrous, sweet, kind, courageous, determined, and comes to cherish Rahab okay so I could go on and on about him. It is more than just these qualities, you since how much Mrs. Wolfed loved this particular character by the way she rights him and gives him voice. Okay may ...more
Wisteria Leigh
History is often controversial whether sacred of secular. This Scarlet Cord will generate debates as well. It is biblical Ffiction and Wolf adheres close to the history of what is gleaned from the Old Testament and research of ancient manuscripts found written in Canaanite. She uses five paragraphs from the Book of Joshua in the Old Testament to cleverly create a memorable adventurous historical novel.
Rahab arrives in Jericho with her father. Alluringly beautiful and she captures the eye of the
Rebecca Graf
Aug 24, 2012 Rebecca Graf rated it liked it
Many people have heard of Rahab. She is a woman listed in the genealogy of Jesus who was not born an Israelite but adopted their ways. Not much is known about her, but Joan Wolf tries to give a unique picture of this mysterious woman in The Scarlet Cord.

What do we know from the Bible about Rahab? She lived in Jericho. She was called a harlot. She took in Israelite spies and protected them. She helped the spies escape. She hung a scarlet cord outside her window. Her family lived through the destr
Aug 11, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf is the love story of Rahab from Joshua. Joan has taken a story contained in about five paragraphs of scripture and turned it into an 85,000 word book according to her explanation in the back of the book. She also took the liberty to use a modern translation of Salmon’s name, Sala, in her story.
This Scarlet Cord is divided into three parts. In the first section, twelve year old Rahab is kidnapped from a caravan that her family is traveling with. Sala’s father is a m
Well, this was certainly different from what I expected. I enjoyed the love story in this book, though the characters seemed younger than they actually were for the last two thirds of the story. It was a different take on the Bible's account so I had to wrap my mind around a different version. I appreciated the conflict and how the author set it up, but because it was so different than the Biblical account when it came to Rahab's relationship with Sala (Salmon) it was harder for me to enjoy this ...more
Heidi Kelsch
Dec 03, 2014 Heidi Kelsch rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a well-written story based on Rahab's story in the Bible. Obviously not much is said about Rahab and her family, so the author does have to use her imagination to form a story. I liked how she stayed true to the times and gives the reader a picture into their way of life and religion at the time. You feel like you are right there with them while you read the story. The only reason I rate the book at 4 stars is the fact that Rahab is not a harlot in the story. There are circumstances give ...more
Cari Tavary
Apr 09, 2013 Cari Tavary rated it it was ok
It was a good story full of romance, adventure, and redemption. However it didn't follow the story of Rahab at all except for names and places. If you want to read this just to read, it was fine. If you want to read about the story of Rahab try the one by Francine Rivers. It's much truer to the Biblical story.
Aug 14, 2013 Julie rated it it was ok
If this were purely fiction I would rate it higher but the author took more liberty with the Biblical account than I liked. It was a very well written book and very interesting but it didn't seem to follow what the Bible said about Rahab.
Sara Nowlin-Edens
Jul 01, 2012 Sara Nowlin-Edens rated it it was amazing
This Scarlet Cord is a story telling the tale of Rahab, known as a prostitute of Jericho. Joan Wolf has built her story based on the brief mention in the Old Testament giving her a more honorable life. As Rahab grows from girlhood to womanhood, she meets Sala, the boy then the man who will be her husband. Their religious differences are immense, yet their love is graced by God.

Rahab is favored by the king and is summoned for use in a paganistic ritual. She is appalled by the thought, and turns
Jun 18, 2012 Kelli rated it it was amazing
This is my second time reading a retelling of Rahab's story and I absolutely loved it! My first "Rahab book" was Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar. Pearl in the Sand featured Rahab as an adult. This Scarlet Cord featured Rahab as a young girl, and then a few years later, a teen. I loved that aspect of this book, getting to watch Rahab grow up.

This Scarlet Cord is both a love story and a story of faith. Rahab and her family are Canaanites, a people who do not believe in God. They believe in many
"This Scarlet Cord" by Joan Wolf is a fictional account of the story of "Rahab the Harlot," as is outlined in the book of Joshua. While I found a small number of inconsistencies with what is actually taught in the Bible, I still enjoyed this story and kept in mind that this was a fictional retelling.

In this story, Rahab is a young Canaanite woman. Very beautiful and enticing, desired by most who meet her. She is taken to Jericho by her family for a yearly pagan celebration in the hopes that he
Dec 12, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, The Scarlet Cord. It is a fictional account of the life of Rahab, the "Harlot" from the Old Testament. While one has to remember that it is a novel and not inspired Scripture, it is an interesting peek into what the story behind Rahab's life and choice to help the Israelite spurs may have been. I really felt that the author spent a great deal of time researching the book and making it feel authentic and truly believable. I love that she thought outside the box with th ...more
Renn Shearin
Jul 01, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it it was amazing
Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of its most tender love stories.

Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This act of faith changed her life by placing her in the genealogy of Christ.

The story of Rahab takes up only five paragraphs in the Bible. However, Joan Wolf weaves together a truly magnificent novel of 85,000 words in This Sc
Loraine Alcorn
Jul 15, 2012 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing
I was so Happy I was selected to read This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf through NetGalley. I had been wanting to read this book when I first heard it was available. First I have to say I am a big Fan of Joan Wolf. she has the ability to really make us feel we are in the story and in this case the story of Rahab of the bible. Rahab was the brave young Canaanite woman who risked everything to help the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window.
I loved this book it really brought to
Sarah Beth
Jul 22, 2012 Sarah Beth rated it liked it
I won this novel as a giveaway on Goodreads.

I haven't read much historical Christian fiction since I went through a serious Janette Oke obsession back when I was around 12 or 13. Joan Wolf has imagined the story of Rahab, a young woman mentioned in the Old Testament telling of the Battle of Jericho. Rahab is a Canaanite who falls for the Israelite Sala, who is a Christian. It is only when she begins to have faith in Sala's God and forsake her family's faith that Rahab and Sala can be together.
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Dec 13, 2012 Lily rated it really liked it
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven

My granddaddy was a devout Catholic that loved to read. And my best memories of him are of sitting next to him by the fire as he read stories from the Bible, a book he read religiously multiple times a week. Even though I don't qualify myself to be as devout as he was, it is no surprise that I do enjoy biblical fiction. The bible is filled with exciting stories of love, hope, war and betrayals - the foundations of any good story.

I attribute my voraci
Christie Hagerman
Jul 13, 2012 Christie Hagerman rated it it was amazing
What do we really know of the woman Rahab, the Canaanite referred to as a harlot, who played such an integral role in the Israelite's conquest of Jericho? How did she come to have faith in the One True God, this god of her enemies? Where did she find the boldness to betray her countrymen? How was she accepted into the chosen people and allowed to marry one of their men?

This story fills in the gaps between the Biblical facts with a well-told drama of danger, love, and bravery. I found myself root
Jul 13, 2012 RivkaBelle rated it it was amazing
Review originally published on my blog:
Book provided by publisher for review.

Oh. Wow. This is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn't let go until you've finished. And what a story it tells ... Anyone familiar with the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho will recognize the name "Rahab" - and knows that she helped save the lives of Joshua's spies, so in return her family alone was saved when the walls of Jericho fell. And that's where the Biblical account b
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jun 18, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
Joan Wolf's latest novel brings to life the amazing story of Rahab, as inspired by the Biblical account documented in the book of Joshua, chapters 2 and 6. In This Scarlet Cord, Rahab is the youngest daughter of a Canaanite farmer, a young woman of extraordinary beauty who her family believes is destined for more than the life of a simple farmer's wife. Rahab and her family thus travel to Jericho in the hopes of catching the eye of nobility and securing an advantageous marriage. However, while t ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Rosie rated it liked it
Rahab’s love story.

Those were the words that piqued my interest. We all know who Rahab is, right? She was the woman who helped Joshua’s spies escape in Jericho. She is also mentioned in the genealogy of Christ in the book of Matthew.

So I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I opened up Joan Wolf’s latest release. Granted the book was not what I expected, but I still enjoyed it somewhat. Miss Wolf’s writing is easy to read, and her imaginings about life in Biblical times appeared factual.

Dec 05, 2012 Kelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Rahab, a Canaanite related to Christ has always been a bit of a mystery for readers. Little is devoted to her beyond the fact that she hid two Israelite spies which resulted in her and her family being saved. Just who is Rahab, and why was she saved? How did she come to believe in Yahweh enough to save the Israelite spies?

This is the premise of what This Scarlet Cord attempts to explain. Just who was Rahab, and her family. How did she meet and marry into the line that would ultimately beget Boaz
Aug 17, 2012 Bethany rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed fiction books based on events found in the Bible, and was excited to be able to review a copy of This Scarlet Cord which is a fiction story based on the story of Rahab, who was later on, the mother of Boaz and later is found in Jesus genealogy in Matthew. I give it 4 stars and enjoyed it!

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This book was very informative and really helped me realize what Rahab's life was like, and how it felt to live in a pagan culture. There isn't much detail about her life in the Bibl
Lisa Johnson
Aug 15, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: This Scarlet Cord
Author: Joan Wolf
Pages: 299
Year: 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Joan Wolf puts forth a different view on the story of Rahab from the Old Testament. The facts in her fictional account are the same as the Bible in that Rahab is a
Mar 23, 2015 Arava rated it did not like it
Can I give 1 1/2 stars?

The book was /not/ horrible. It was blunt about the Caananite immorality and sexually-involved festivals, but did well in skirting unnecessary detail. The romance was...too romancey for my tastes.

But worst--and most surprising--was what the author did to the character of Rahab. In this "version," Rahab was an innocent, naturally-good, free-thinking youngster and--most horrifically--NOT a prostitute.

My favorite thing about the Biblical account of Rahab is her redemption ou
Joanie Standridge
Feb 20, 2014 Joanie Standridge rated it really liked it
This was a good read. I do like Francine Rivers account of this story ("Unashamed") a bit more than this one... However, Joan Wolf did a great job of creatively weaving together bits of Truth with this fiction adventure. The characters in "The Scarlet Cord" are well developed and realistic. Joan Wolf did a great job weaving all kinds of historical culture and facts into this story while at the same time keeping the story adventurous and entertaining.
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher
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