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רָחָב (יהושע ב, ו:טו-כה)
A prostitute or innkeeper in יריחו who shelters and assists the two spies sent by יהושע prior to the nation's conquest of ארץ כנען . רחב hides the two men from soldiers of יריחו who are searching for them. In return for this deed, רחב requests and receives assurances that she and her family will be spared when Israel attacks. According to the מדרש , רחב later converts and marries יהושע (מגילה יד :).
רְחַבְיָה בֶּן אֱלִיעֶזֶר (דברי הימים א כג:יז, כו:כה )
A לוי from the קהת family (and משה 's grandson) after whom a division of לְוִיִּם is named. רחביה also serves as a treasurer for the sanctuary.
רְחַבְעָם בֶּן שְׁלֹמֹה (מלכים א יב, יד:כא-לא, דברי הימים א ג:י, דברי הימים ב י-יב )
Successor to שלמה המלך , third king in the line of דוד . When רחבעם takes charge of the nation his subjects plead with him to ease the burdens of taxation and forced labour imposed by שלמה . רחבעם consults with his senior ministers who advise him to agree to the request. But רחבעם foolishly follows the advice of his junior advisers who tell him to increase the burden on the people. The nation rebels and רחבעם finds himself with a diminished kingdom of שבט יהודה and שבט בנימין . רחבעם prepares to fight a war against ישראל but the prophet שְׁמַעְיָה tells him to stand down - the split is the will of God. רחבעם accepts this divine decree. Nevertheless, רבחעם and ירבעם (who takes over the rest of the nation) battle continually throughout their reigns. Once king, רחבעם engages in idolatry and has eighteen wives and sixty concubines. שישק king of Egypt attacks the בית המקדש , stealing golden shields that שלמה had fashioned. רחבעם 's son אֲבִיָּם succeeds him after 17 years of rule.