THE LETTER R - bible females
RACHAB: (Greek= ) (Hebrew= )
Rahab, a name found in the genealogy of our Lord (Matt. 1:5).
an old testament person in the new testament!
RACHEL: (Hebrew= )
Etymology: ewe, “the daughter”
“the somewhat petulant, peevish, and self-willed though beautiful younger daughter” of Laban, and one of Jacob's wives (Gen. 29:6, 28). He served Laban fourteen years for her, so deep was Jacob's affection for her. She was the mother of Joseph (Gen. 30:22-24). Afterwards, on Jacob's departure from Mesopotamia, she took with her her father's teraphim (31:34, 35). As they journeyed on from Bethel, Rachel died in giving birth to Benjamin (35:18, 19), and was buried “in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave”. Her sepulchre is still regarded with great veneration by the Jews. Its traditional site is about half a mile from Jerusalem.
This name is used poetically by Jeremiah (31:15-17) to denote God's people mourning under their calamities. This passage is also quoted by Matthew as fulfilled in the lamentation atBethlehem on account of the slaughter of the infants there at the command of Herod (Matt. 2:17, 18).
RAHAB: (Hebrew= ) (Greek= )
Etymology: Hebrew: Rahab; sounds like rahav, i.e., “wide,” “broad,” “large”
Rahab, a Jericho resident—When the Hebrews were encamped at Shittim, in the “Arabah” or Jordan valley opposite Jericho, ready to cross the river, Joshua, as a final preparation, sent out two spies to “spy the land.” After five days they returned, having swum across the river, which at this season, the month Abib, overflowed its banks from the melting of the snow onLebanon.
The spies reported how it had fared with them (Josh. 2:1-7). They had been exposed to danger in Jericho, and had been saved by the fidelity of Rahab the harlot, to whose house they had gone for protection.
When the city of Jericho fell (6:17-25), Rahab and her whole family were preserved according to the promise of the spies, and were incorporated among the Jewish people. She afterwards became the wife of Salmon, a prince of the tribe of Judah (Ruth 4:21; 1 Chr. 2:11; Matt. 1:5).
“Rahab's being asked to bring out the spies to the soldiers (Josh. 2:3) sent for them, is in strict keeping with Eastern manners, which would not permit any man to enter a woman's house without her permission. The fact of her covering the spies with bundles of flax which lay on her house-roof (2:6) is an ‘undesigned coincidence’ which strictly corroborates the narrative. It was the time of the barley harvest, and flax and barley are ripe at the same time in the Jordan valley, so that the bundles of flax stalks might have been expected to be drying just then” (Geikie's Hours, etc., ii., 390).
The name of a biblical woman and a land:
REBECCA: see Rebekah (Hebrew= )
REBEKAH or REBECCA: (Hebrew= ) (Rebecca)
Etymology: captivating; a rope with a noose used for firmly tying something; a tie rope for animals / “Rebecca” is the spelling used in the New Testament.
mother of twins Esau and Jacob; daughter of Bethuel; wife of Isaac (son of Abraham) (Gen. 22:23; 24:67)
Rebekah's father was Abraham's nephew, Bethuel, son of Nahor. Therefore, she was the granddaughter of Abraham's brother. She originally lived in Mesopotamia. Abraham wanted his son Isaac to have a wife from Abraham's homeland, not from their new home among the Canaanites.
Although her husband Isaac did not specifically chose her for his wife, he did accept her and love her (Genesis 24:67). Like her mother-in-law (Sarah), Rebekah remained childless for many years (Genesis 25:19-28). However, Rebekah eventually became the mother of two major peoples: the Israelites, through her son Jacob, and the Edomites, through Esau.
Rebekah was apparently beautiful, for when Isaac later moved his family to the Philistine city of Gerar (to escape a famine), he was fearful that her beauty would tempt the Philistines to kill him to take his wife. For safety, he pretended that she was his sister. Rebekah went along with the deception (Genesis 26:1-11). Earlier, Isaac's father and mother had used the same ploy for the same reason (see Genesis 20:1-18.)
Many years later, Rebekah encouraged the deception of her elderly husband Isaac to obtain his official blessing on Jacob, the second born of her twins. The lie was successful, but resulted in Jacob fleeing to Mesopotamia to survive the wrath of his more powerful brother Esau. She never saw Jacob again.
“The circumstances under which Abraham's ‘steward’ found her at the ‘city of Nahor’, in Padan-aram, are narrated in Gen. 24-27.
‘She can hardly be regarded as an amiable woman. When we first see her she is ready to leave her father's house for ever at an hour's notice; and her future life showed not only a full share of her brother Laban's duplicity, but the grave fault of partiality in her relations to her children, and a strong will, which soon controlled the gentler nature of her husband.’
The time and circumstances of her death are not recorded, but it is said that she was buried in the cave of Machpelah (Gen. 49:31)” (Matthew G. Easton, Bible Dictionary).
Bible: Rebekah, Rebecca
REUMAH: (Hebrew= )
Etymology: Exalted; raised up
She was the concubine of Nahor, Abraham's brother (Genesis 22:24). She bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.
RHODA: (Greek= )
Etymology: a rose
the damsel in the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark
She came to hearken when Peter knocked at the door of the gate (Acts 12:12-15).
RIZPAH: (Hebrew= )
Etymology: coal; hot stone
the daughter of Aiah, and one of Saul's concubines
She was the mother of Armoni and Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 3:7; 21:8, 10, 11).
It happened that a grievous famine, which lasted for three years, fell upon the land during the earlier half of David's reign at Jerusalem. This calamity was sent “for Saul and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.” David inquired of the Gibeonites what satisfaction they demanded, and was answered that nothing would compensate for the wrong Saul had done to them but the death of seven of Saul's sons. David accordingly delivered up to them the two sons of Rizpah and five of the sons of Merab (q.v.), Saul's eldest daughter, whom she bore toAdriel. These the Gibeonites put to death, and hung up their bodies before the Lord at the sanctuary at Gibeah. Rizpah thereupon took her place on the rock of Gibeah (q.v.), and for five months watched the suspended bodies of her children, to prevent them from being devoured by the beasts and birds of prey, till they were at length taken down and buried by David.
Her marriage to Abner was the occasion of a quarrel between him and Ishbosheth, which led to Abner's going over to the side of David (2 Sam. 3:17-21).
RUHAMAH: (Hebrew= )
Etymology: having obtained mercy
a symbolical name given to the daughter of Hosea (2:1)
RUTH: (Hebrew= )
Etymology: a friend
a Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, whose father, Elimelech, had settled in the land of Moab
On the death of Elimelech and Mahlon, Naomi came with Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who refused to leave her, to Bethlehem, the old home from which Elimelech had migrated. There she had a rich relative, Boaz, to whom Ruth was eventually married. She became the mother of Obed, the grandfather of David. Thus Ruth, a Gentile, is among the maternal progenitors of our Lord (Matt. 1:5). The story of “the gleaner Ruth illustrates the friendly relations between the good Boaz and his reapers, the Jewish land system, the method of transferring property from one person to another, the working of the Mosaic law for the relief of distressed and ruined families; but, above all, handing down the unselfishness, the brave love, the unshaken trustfulness of her who, though not of the chosen race, was, like the Canaanitess Tamar (Gen. 38:29; Matt. 1:3) and the Canaanitess Rahab (Matt. 1:5), privileged to become the ancestress of David, and so of 'great David's greater Son'” (Ruth 4:18-22).
THE BOOK OF RUTH: (Hebrew= )
This book was originally a part of the Book of Judges, but it now forms one of the twenty-four separate books of the Hebrew Bible.
The history it contains refers to a period perhaps about one hundred and twenty-six years before the birth of David. It gives (1) an account of Naomi's going to Moab with her husband,Elimelech, and of her subsequent return to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law; (2) the marriage of Boaz and Ruth; and (3) the birth of Obed, of whom David sprang.
The author of this book was probably Samuel, according to Jewish tradition.
“Brief as this book is, and simple as is its story, it is remarkably rich in examples of faith, patience, industry, and kindness, nor less so in indications of the care which God takes of those who put their trust in him.”