Jericho by Gwen Chermack

A concise, Biblically accurate, humorous and touching account of the two spies sent into Jericho, and their dealings with Rahab the harlot.

‘Jericho’ is a touching narrative illustrating how God can use seemingly insignificant things to reach us. The lives of two young Hebrew men are forever changed as they are sent to spy out Jericho.

They encounter a pagan harlot who somehow believes in their God, Adonai. She is being courted by one of the King’s officers, who is deeply in love with her and proposes on a regular basis. Now that she is serving the Hebrew God, she must turn her back on everything she has known.

The two spies hide at her house, and then in a cave where God spares their lives through a miracle of nature. They leave with no usable information about Jericho. As they march around the city for six days, and violate many of the laws Moses laid down in the Torah, the Children of Israel have a crisis of faith. When Joshua asks them to do it again on the Sabbath, they cannot believe it.

As the two young men stand in front of her intact house and window, with the rest of the wall laid flat, they wonder if SHE was the reason God sent them there in the first place.

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  • First submitted April 29, 2010
  • Last updated April 29, 2010
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  • she 's avatar
    she  wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    I enjoy this and hope you return to finish it.

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    aurorawatcher wrote 2 years, 11 months ago
    I enjoyed reading your story. Your descriptions are striking and I like the interactions between the characters. I especially like Rahab. She is very true to life, something I know because I grew up in an Alaskan frontier community where a lot of the ladies of society were actually former prostitutes. I don't know who you modeled her after, but I applaud the bold choice. Often writers in the Christian genre shy away from nuance. You didn't and that's a ...
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    JamesRevoir wrote 2 years, 11 months ago

    Hello Gwen:

    I read the first four chapters of Jericho and was impressed by your articulate writing style and storytelling. This account fills in a lot of blanks while remaining wholly true to the original account.

    Blessings to you as you bring the Word of God to life.

    James

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Thank you. I appreciate the comment! I greatly enjoyed writing it.
    ~Gwen

    [QUOTE] Hi Qwen, I think I backed this a long while ago, but didn't comment. Now that I have read a bit more I can see the great depth of thought and writing prowess involved. Well done. [ENDQUOTE]

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    David Kidd wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Qwen, I think I backed this a long while ago, but didn't comment. Now that I have read a bit more I can see the great depth of thought and writing prowess involved. Well done.

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Barry,

    Thank you for taking the time to read one of my chapters. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
    When I have a bit of time, I'll return the favor.

    Blessings to you today,
    ~Gwen

    [QUOTE] Hi Gwen, I read Period of Mourning, chapter 4.
    I liked the way you dissemble the Biblical stories of Moses into the thoughts of Simeon. It's very effective.
    Backed.
    Best wishes,
    Barry
    LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS [ENDQUOTE]

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    Barry Wenlock wrote 4 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Gwen, I read Period of Mourning, chapter 4.
    I liked the way you dissemble the Biblical stories of Moses into the thoughts of Simeon. It's very effective.
    Backed.
    Best wishes,
    Barry
    LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 7 months ago
    Hi Katherine, Thank you SO much for taking the time to read and comment on Jericho! I appreciate it. I struggled with how to keep the dialogue from sounding like King James English..but didn't want to go too far and make it totally modern. Thank you for the kind words! I will take a look at The Swan Bonnet as soon as I can. Blessings to you, ~Gwen [QUOTE] Hi Gwen, This is an engaging dramatization of the time. The ...
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    klouholmes wrote 4 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Gwen, This is an engaging dramatization of the time. The dialogue is “modernized” but in a way that doesn’t hinder the time – as if in translation. Since young people aren’t usually associated with this story, the perspective on Moses is interesting. The rendering of Rahab and her goddess also brings another dimension to the historical story. Smooth reading! Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Daniel,

    Thank you. I hope you enjoy reading Jericho. I would like to read your book, also.

    Blessings to you today,
    ~Gwen

    [QUOTE] I have added Jericho to my wathclist and am going to spend some time with it as soon as I can - it looks absolutely fascinating. If time allows, please check out Deluge - my fictionalized version of the Noah and the Flood story. All Best Luck with Jericho - Daniel Diehl [ENDQUOTE]

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    Daniel Diehl wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    I have added Jericho to my wathclist and am going to spend some time with it as soon as I can - it looks absolutely fascinating. If time allows, please check out Deluge - my fictionalized version of the Noah and the Flood story. All Best Luck with Jericho - Daniel Diehl

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hi David,

    Thank you! I hope you enjoy reading it. :)

    Blessings to you,
    ~Gwen

    [QUOTE] Hi Gwen, I need to give this a good read, but i like it already. Backed! regards David [ENDQUOTE]

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    David Kidd wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Gwen, I need to give this a good read, but i like it already. Backed! regards David

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 8 months ago
    Hi Yonaton, Thank you so much for reading Jericho and for the comments. My sincere hope is that this book will be accepted and enjoyed by the Jewish community as well as the Christian. I believe it is a faithful re-telling of scriptural events. Thank you again. Blessings to you, ~Gwen [QUOTE] I am familiar with the Biblical story (Jews just read that story as part of the Haftorah- additional reading from the Prophets after Torah reading- in the Saturday ...
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    Yonatan wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    I am familiar with the Biblical story (Jews just read that story as part of the Haftorah- additional reading from the Prophets after Torah reading- in the Saturday morning synagogue service last Saturday (because the Torah reading was about the Spies Moses sent, so the additional reading was the corresponding story of the spies Joshua sent). I enjoyed the dialogue- it brought the characters to life!

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hello Famlavan,

    Thank you for the kind comments on Jericho!

    Blessings to you,
    ~Gwen

    [QUOTE] This has a very authentic and congruent feel and it is told with such spirit and style you engage with this straight away. Very well researched and related. - Brilliant read. [ENDQUOTE]

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hello Rob,

    I appreciate you taking the time to read Jericho and leave such kind comments about it!

    Blessings to you,
    ~Gwen

    [QUOTE] Gwen,

    What a touching and fresh perspective on this story! The humor, and characters of your story bring to life the real life Bible account of the walls of Jericho. I had to support ya!

    Rob [ENDQUOTE]

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    Gwen Chermack Author wrote 4 years, 8 months ago
    Hello Ray, Thank you for reading Jericho and taking time to comment on it. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll read your book also, as soon as I have time. Thank you again, ~Gwen [QUOTE] It's very refreshing and gives depth to more formal biblical accounts, when we see a fictionalised drama involving the relation between Simeon and Nathan, and then between Zidon and Rahab. When Zidon prays to Astarte to bring Rahab to him it is fascinating to see ...
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    Raymond Nickford wrote 4 years, 9 months ago
    It's very refreshing and gives depth to more formal biblical accounts, when we see a fictionalised drama involving the relation between Simeon and Nathan, and then between Zidon and Rahab. When Zidon prays to Astarte to bring Rahab to him it is fascinating to see how potent superstition was at tghat time and we also wonder what the response might be. The short paragraphs, natural dialogue and obvious background research make this a very original contribution to Christian fiction. Backed ...
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    Author apart from the rest wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Gwen,

    What a touching and fresh perspective on this story! The humor, and characters of your story bring to life the real life Bible account of the walls of Jericho. I had to support ya!

    Rob