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Holman Bible Dictionary

Rahab

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(raw' hawb) Name meaning, “arrogant, raging, turbulent, afflicter.” 1. Primeval sea monster representing the forces of chaos God overcame in creation (Job 9:13; Job 26:12; Psalm 89:10; Isaiah 51:9; compare Psalm 74:12-17 ). 2 . Symbolic name for Egypt (Psalm 87:4 ). Isaiah 30:7 includes a compound name Rahab-hem-shebeth . Translations vary: “Rahab who sits still” (NRSV); “Rahab who has been exterminated” (NAS); “Rahab the Do-Nothing” (NIV); “Rahab the Subdued” (REB). 3. The plural appears in Psalm 40:4 for the proud, arrogant enemies.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Rahab'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/r/rahab.html. 1991.

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