Rahab had a soiled past, and yet her name is found in the lineage of Christ. God often sees things differently than we do.
Why Rahab’s story? Why was that your first novel?
I fell in love with Rahab for several reasons. One was the fact that obviously God chose Rahab to establish her in Israel as a woman who was respected and honored, but beyond that to be in the lineage of his own son. This wasn’t a pristine perfect woman. She was a woman with a past, a harlot. And God chose her. Secondly she came from a shattered background and then ended up marrying a man who was kind of a who’s-who in the tribe of Jacob. This was a man with a lot of connections, very important. The fact that he would then marry a woman from outside of Israel who was a harlot meant something was going in in his heart. I wanted to know why God would choose her. How did she respond to being chosen by God?
What did you base your character of Rahab on?
In order to do a biblical novel you have to do a really close reading of the Bible. You examine every verse as closely as you possibly can. What I knew about Rahab was only that she was a harlot. I also knew from studying Scriptures that when we move away from the will of God we are wounded. Sin never leaves us unscathed. Because she had chosen a life that was not God’s best I knew that there would be damage in that live. That damage I’m fairly familiar with because I work with human beings all the time.
Tessa shares her personal story and more in the full interview with Susie below.
Key Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3