So, did Cain really marry his sister? What happened between David and Bathsheba–was it adultery or rape?
In my next book, Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style, I discuss the wife of Cain in my discussion of incest and the sexual encounter between David and Bathsheba in my discussion of rape and adultery. (I think it was rape, not adultery.)
As I was perusing the Society of Biblical Literature blogs today, I came across two highly relevant blogs on these two women. These blogs are written by Old Testament scholars who are able to take some of their research and express it in language that is easily understandable to all readers of the Old Testament. If you’re interested in these women, check these two blogs:
Bathsheba by Sara Koenig
Whom Did Cain Marry? by Eva Mroczek
Painting, “Bathsheba Bathing” by Jean Bourdichon (1457-1521).
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