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Harlot In Jesus's Genealogy

Is there a harlot (whore) in the genealogy of JESUS?

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I am curious why people find this to even be an important issue.

Jesus is descended from Murderers (David), Adulterers (David and Bathsheba), Idolaters (Solomon) - all things explicitly forbidden in the Ten Commandments.

Yet even though harlots may have been despised in patriarchal times, there was NO law against it (other than the fact that a high priest's daughter wasn't allowed to be a harlot).
---StrongAxe on 11/18/07

There was a Rahab the harlot in Jerico.But I don't know for absolute sure that it's the same Rahab(Rachab)mentioned in Matt.1:5 who is Boaz's mother in the geneology of Jesus. My Chronology puts the harlot Rahab about 130 years before Boaz. Maybe someone else can find the proof.
---john on 11/16/07

In 4194 B.C. God created Adam, of which descended that virgin Mary. "And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell upon all the face of the earth". Acts 17:26.
---Eloy on 11/22/06

since I came to this blog site I will answer too even though everyone has answered already. Yes Jesus is a decendant of a harlot. why is she included for many reasons. she was an outsider brought into the nation of Israel (gentiles were always able to recieve God) She was a sinner that recieved grace, So through rahab we can learn alot about grace, nothing we do is too bad for God to forgive and it doesn't keep us from being used as minister by God.
---Jared on 11/20/06

ruth yes and Rahab was the woman..but remember, Mary was only a fleshly vessel used of God and for His own purpose..Jesus being God Himself can come anyway He so wants to...Rahab being in the genealogy of Christ does not mean He is also a Harlot etc..He is the Almighty Living God..
---jana on 6/17/06

Rickey where are we told that Ruth was a harlot? It is certainly not in the verses you quote. The first verse doesn't even mention a harlot and the second is referring to Rahab.
---M.P. on 3/7/06

Jesus made Adam and took his rib and made a helpermate for him. The serpent, woman, and man sinned, so Jesus cursed them and cast them out of Paradise. They had children, and their children had children, and their children's children had children, etc. up to Mary who was supernaturally impregnated by the Word and gave birth to the very Jesus her Creator. "Out of ONE blood he made ALL nations to cover the earth." He was born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem them who are under the law.
---Eloy on 3/7/06

Yes, Ruth the harlot is in His geneology.(Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31) The term "harlot" in Hebrews 11:31 comes from the grk. wrd. "PORNE" pronounced (por-nay) and it means a woman who sells her body for sexual uses.
---Rickey on 3/7/06

On Joshua 6:17ff.: I use many translations; consider the NET Bible and NASB/NAU1995 to be fine versions, *but* I really wonder WHY editors of the NIV ever allowed a note into their version which suggests Rahab was an innkeeper! That not only is beyond sound textual criticism (cannot be rationally explained as copying error), but necessarily questions the validity of the New Testament as Scripture since two separate books (Hebrews and James) agree with the Masoretic Hebrew text as written!
---Daniel on 3/7/06

[2]... translation had to say in this matter.
Furthermore: Both Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25 (written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit) also say she was a prostitute (Greek: "porne"). So, whom will you believe? I'll take the word of God over Josephus any day!
God can save anyone who will repent of their sin and have faith in Him (and now believes in the Lord Jesus) to do so. Amen.
---Daniel on 3/6/06

[2]... translation had to say in this matter.
Furthermore: Both Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25 (written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit; if you believe that) also say she was a prostitute (Greek: "porne"). So, whom will you believe? God saves anyone who has faith in Him!
---Daniel on 3/6/06

[1] gregg8944: Rahab an 'innkeeper'? No! Unless you can tell us how the HEBREW word in *three* verses: Joshua 6:17, 22, 25 ("zanah" which means one who commits adultery, a prostitute, a harlot, etc.) was copied by every Jewish scribe the wrong way, every time! Neither does it make any sense for why anyone who knew better would leave that in there! Josephus was no expert at interpreting Scripture, so let's not follow his attempt to 'soften' what both the Hebrew and Septuagint... [cont.]
---Daniel on 3/6/06

rehab and bathsheba..GOD is has no problem honoring GODly people whatever their past was
---willow on 3/5/06

You are using two words, harlot and whore. Neither one was in the genealogy of Jesus. Rahab was referred to as an innkeeper by Josephus and other early writings. She had an inn on the city wall of Jericho, she let the 'spies' down with a rope. In Hebrews and James she is called a harlot maybe because the translation of the word innkeeper in Hebrew is similar to harlot in Greek.
---gregg8944 on 3/5/06

M.P.Thank you for your kindness,we live & learn.Mod has posted it thanks.
---Emcee on 11/15/05

Yes!! And her name is will find her in the Book of Ruth. Amazing grace!! The love and forgiveness of God showing forth. Still today, there would be many "harlots" who have given their lives to Jesus and become born-again.
---Helen_5378 on 11/15/05

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Emcee, I am always slightly upset when someone asks why a question was asked. I can understand why sometimes we say 'you havn't given us enough information to be able to answer your question' but I do not see that we have a right to question why they have asked in the first place. If anyone is asking anything that is not worthy of being posted the moderator will ensure that it isn't. It is not our place to ask why, we should just answer or leave alone.
---M.P. on 11/15/05

Alan:: I never said that it was! just asking for an explaination as to why this question was relevant.Each person has to answer for their thoughts words & actions.Frivelous or whatever portent. Couldnt see any reason.
---Emcee on 11/14/05

Emcee ... it seemed to me to be an honest request for information. I do not think the questioner meant it as an attack on the character of Mary. But if the question was an attempt to denigrate Mary, as you may suspect, it was shabby and underhand. I do not believe that Mary was sinless, but neither do I believe that even if she had a harlot as a forbear, it makes the slightest bit of difference to the way God would view her, or to the way we should view her.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/14/05

M.P. Is it wrong to ask for an explaination? sorry.
---Emcee on 11/14/05

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Yes-Rahab. (Matthew 1:5)
---WIVV on 11/14/05

Its not important. Remember King David in the geneaology of Jesus was an adulterer and was humiliated by a priest.
---David on 11/14/05

Mima you will read about her in the book of Joshua and, as others have said, her name was Rahab. Emcee, this is just as valid a question as most are on C.N. The account is there for us to read and learn from. Nothing was put in the scriptures for no good reason. It is wonderful to read just how God uses various people (regardless of lifestyle) all through the Old Testament to bring about His purposes, revealed in the New.
---M.P. on 11/14/05

MIMA::: what good does this do & why is it necessary to bring this up Explain.
---Emcee on 11/13/05

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Yes, her name was Rahab.
---Madison on 11/13/05

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