The Crimson Cord

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.


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"A beautiful tale, beautifully told!"

Rahab’s story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill’s storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!

— Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night


"an exciting, suspenseful story"

The themes of this book—grace, faith, redemption, and healing—are interwoven with an exciting, suspenseful story . . . [Smith] has made Rahab’s dramatic tale newly affecting and vivid.

— Booklist


"rings with authenticity"

Impeccable research and vivid prose from Smith bring the ancient city of Jericho to life. The author’s reinterpretation of a classic Old Testament story rings with authenticity. Christian fiction devotees who relished Tosca Lee’s The Legend of Sheba, Tessa Afshar’s In the Field of Grace, or Angela Hunt’s Esther: Royal Beauty will enjoy this pleasurable read.

— Library Journal


"a historic view of the treatment of women"

Smith has captured the message of what took place in Jericho. The story of Jericho, the only home known by Rahab and her family, unfolds slowly and builds toward the events surrounding the rumors of the Israelites who camp and worship the one true God. The reader will be given a historic view of the treatment of women by those who worshipped idols and bowed down to rulers who were corrupted by greed.

— Romantic Times


"a riveting, plausible story"

By personalizing the characters and giving them pertinent thoughts and feelings, Smith makes them real to the reader. Smith has woven a riveting, plausible story that keeps the reader turning the pages. In her epilogue, she brings it into the future, when her child Boaz, one of the forerunners of Jesus, comes on the scene in a touching narrative.

— Christian Library Journal