(Editors Note: I know we’re behind schedule, but let’s keep in mind this is a volunteer operation run entirely by volunteers. And moose.)
So when I was old enough to be confounded by such things, which btw was pretty early on because I’m emotionally intuitive like that, I realized that there was a high enough percentage of women in the Bible who were mentioned by name AND harlots. Of course I had no idea what a harlot was, but it sounded like a cross between a performer (you know, like starlet) and a comedienne (you know, like har har).
I then soon discovered that harlot is not a word you say out loud but whisper and then cover your mouth in shock. But interestingly enough, at least to me, was that there were so many of these shocking characters IN. THE. BIBLE. whoa!
So enter Rahab, mentioned by name, which is in itself a feat of no small significance, i mean after all the Bible encompasses thousands and thousands of years, not to mention whatever time period between now and Revelation.
So Rahab had to be uber cool, right? She was the one who was saved from certain death and peril (not necessarily in that order) when the Israelites demolished the city of Jericho in the infamous Battle of the Bands (read all about it in the ever trustworthy wikipedia blurb… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_jericho … or um, the Bible… http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=joshua%206&version=NIV) Well, she “and her family” who are an undisclosed lot. I mean, what kind of family does a hooker have really?
Now before I get too snarky, let’s back up a bit. I am totally enamoured with the fact that some of the women mentioned in the Bible are of “ill repute” – it is awesome and brilliant. The fact that God loves us so and all of us, regardless of who what where when how and how often, is a fact worth clinging to. Whatever you, dear Reader, may believe about God and the Bible, there is at the very least a literary justice to it all.
Even Jesus Himself had the most fascinating dialogues with questionable women. And to me, it’s fairly important to note that of all the many interactions that could have been recorded, these were, and these were passed down to us. It’s rad.
The thing that i have the struggle with is where our society STILL is today with women. It amazes me how biased we are in so many ways against females of the species and how, in direct result, we are treated so poorly across the globe. I am also always amazed when people are amazed by the sex trafficking that goes on and the idea of any kind of service existing wherever it may exist.
Not too long ago there was a big hubbub about a woman who worked out of her apartment in, wait for it…. High Street. (those not in Williamsburg should know that this is a relatively brand spanking new apartment complex which is actually slightly out of most of our budgets in a swanky new multi-use development that isn’t New Town, but is.) People were outraged. Not in my back yard! What kind of woman does that? Ick!
Well, she went on record saying something like, it pays for this high !@^#$* priced rent! But more to the point, at least my point, is that the third oldest profession in the book (right after animal namer and brother killer… although were those paid positions?) isn’t going away any time soon.
And good for us, neither is Grace.