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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

name of a Biblical monster, from Hebrew rahab, literally "storming, against, impetuous," from rahabh "he stormed against" (compare Arabic rahiba "he feared, was alarmed").


Rahab, (; ) was, according to the Book of Joshua, a prostitute who lived in Jericho in the Promised Land and assisted the Israelites in capturing the city. She became a figure of fascination to the writers of the New Testament, where she is reckoned among the ancestors of Jesus, and is lauded as an example of living by faith, while being justified by her works.

Rahab (Egypt)

Rahab m.n. ( is used in the Hebrew Bible to indicate rage, fierceness, insolence, pride.) Rahab is the emblematic name of Egypt and is also spoken of with the sea. In medieval Jewish folklore, Rahab is a mythical sea monster.

Rahab (disambiguation)

Rahab is a prominent character in the Book of Joshua. It is a girl's name but now rare.

Rahab can also mean:

  • Rahab (Egypt), a Biblical term meaning:
    • A metaphor for Egypt
    • A Hebrew term meaning rage, fierceness, insolence, pride
    • A mythical sea monster mentioned in the Book of Psalms and elsewhere
  • Rahab (Legacy of Kain), a video game character
  • Rahab Ministries Thailand, a Christian non-governmental organization

Usage examples of "rahab".

How Rahab brought up pages of the Lost Book of Raziel, salvaged from the deep.

The Name of God may force Rahab into relinquishing the long vengeance of his wounded pride.

Because this time, Rahab will come in the fullness of his might and ageless wrath, and my power is to his as a bucket of water is to the ocean.

I had seen Rahab described as divine messenger and Leviathan alike in the Yeshuite writings.

Nothing in the endless centuries of tempestuous service to the One God had prepared Rahab for the vagaries of mortal love, for the pain of rejection.

Where the One God had abandoned His misbegotten grandchildren, Rahab, in all the anguish of his immortal heart, had not.

And we spoke of the One God, of Yeshuites and the Children of Yisra-el, of Rahab and the Master of the Straits, of Blessed Elua and his Companions, and where their intertwined paths diverged.

A tall, pretty woman who had been in the Family more years than many, Rahab had been married to Benjamin, the son and heir apparent of Moses David.

The problem was, Rahab had little child-care training, she seemed to have no sense of organization or scheduling, both of which were important parts of any effective child-care program.

Since Rahab came from the London home, where the organizational heads and Mo were, she knew a few royal secrets.

I was worried if they planned on letting the babies stay here all night, but Rahab evidently was too spiritual to worry.

Today she lives with her aunt Esther, for reasons I cannot fully explain, instead of with her birth mother, Rahab, who finally found her lost daughter.

Trees made a windbreak about the settlement: native delphi and rahab, Terran oak and acacia, Llynathawrian rasmin, Ythrian hammerbranch.

Bare rock, red dust, scattered gray-green bushes, and a single rahab tree stood sharp in the light of noontide Virgil.

He traveled from this transient world to the World of Eternity on the twenty-eighth night of the month of Rahab in the year of 1076 of the Hegira.