Bible People - Bathsheba
questions, historical background
David, the flawed hero
on the roof top? Houses in ancient Israel
in ancient Israel - Bathsheba was from a warrior (samurai?) family
king? Foolish man? The story of Solomon, Bathsheba's son
advantages of living in a royal harem were considerable....
People in the Story
Bathsheba, granddaughter of the King's counselor,
daughter of a high ranking soldier, wife of another
high-ranking soldier; beautiful, intelligent, very much a
political animal. Good at manipulating people to do what she
David, a powerful, charismatic king. Politically clever, but often governed by his emotions, especially when it comes to family matters. Unscrupulous when it comes to women.
Worth noting about David:
Uriah, noble but hapless husband of Bathsheba, who almost certainly knows about her infidelity with David but is powerless to do anything about it.
Betrayed by his king David, murdered on the battlefield so that David can marry Bathsheba.
Worth noting about Uriah:
Solomon, son of Bathsheba and David. One of many sons, but eventually, after a number of convenient deaths of older brothers, he becomes heir to the throne.
Worth noting about Solomon:
Adonijah, popular son of David, expected to be king
after David, but outmaneuvered by the political party
led by Bathsheba and Nathan.
Nathan, probably a native of Jerusalem and kept on as astute adviser by David after he makes Jerusalem his capital.
Nathan held a special position described nowadays as 'prophet',
where he was able to advise the king in a frank manner that
was not permitted to other courtiers and advisers.
Abishag, an exceptionally beautiful young woman whose naked body, it was hoped, would arouse David from impotence.
In ancient times a king's impotence was seen as a portent of danger for the whole kingdom, possibly even as a sign of future famine in the land.