Was so looking forward to reading another story on Rahab. For me, Joan Wolf really took liberties with this version. Stopped reading at chapter 7.
This is the first book I have read that Joan has written. And definitely will be the last. I absolutely love biblical fiction. There are so many awesome author's while having to take some liberties, they do stick closely to accounts from the Bible.
I loved this story of Rahab. It doesn't portray her as a harlot but it does indicate why she might be considered one. I went back and reread her story in the Bible to see how accurate it really was. Joan Wolf wrote this and she tells you where you can find Rahab's story and references to other story fact info in the Bible. I did love the story and I would recommend it to others.
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.
I really liked how she portrayed Rahab: a free spirit, kind, life-loving, and beautiful girl. However, despite what we were told (that Rahab was only fourteen) it felt like she was much, much older. To pin an age to that, I mean sixteen or seventeen. She didn't read at all like a fourteen year old, except maybe when she was pining for Sala.
Speaking of Sala, he also at times didn't seem as mature as his age would demand (eighteen). He had his endearing moments though, which made up for the latter. His compassion saved Rahab from being sold into slavery and his love brought her to Yahweh, making him an all around likable character.
Overall, though I felt it took too much creative license here and there, I did like This Scarlet Cord. Before I finish though, I feel I must mention there is a sizable amount of implied sexual relations, due to the pagan culture Rahab lived in, and there was a situation/scene that left me very uncomfortable. Though Miss Wolf spared details, I felt it was unnecessary. For that reason, I give the book three stars.
"This Scarlet Cord" by Joan Wolf is a fictional account of the love story of Rahab from the book of Joshuah from the Old Testament. To say this is from the Old Testament would be a large exaggeration. There are a lot of liberties taken with this story. It is well researched as to the time period and it is historically acurate that I can tell, but to say it is biblical would be false. It is a fictional piece that is biblically inspired. Rahab is a prostitute living in Jericho during the time when Joshuah conquers Jericho with the Jewish army. Rahab hides the spies and later marries one. In this book, Rahab is a farmer's daughter who is visiting Jericho and comes across the spies. Though not true, it is an interesting story. Especially for women. The way women are portrayed during this time is heartbreaking at best. Rahab's father is in Jericho in order to "sell" her to the highest bidder for marriage. Marriage, slavery, very thin line.
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 novel.
On the plus side, there was a Romeo and Juliet feel to the story. However, because people familiar with the Biblical account know it contains an expected happily ever after, it's anticipated in this novel as well, therefore genuine angst is harder to evoke when reading this novel. For people who enjoy various takes on Biblical fiction this is sure to please. People who like more of an exact retelling when it comes to the actual facts may have difficulty with this one. All in all, I enjoyed it.