Bathsheba

Bathsheba and the Wife of Cain

Bathsheba bathingSo, 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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David and Bathsheba: Who’s to blame? (2 Sam. 11)

David and BathshebaWho’s to blame for the adulterous affair between David and Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11)?  

1) Bathsheba.  David was innocent, a man after God’s own heart, seduced into committing adultery by the temptress Bathsheba.

2) David.  Bathsheba was innocent, the powerless wife of Uriah, who’s away at battle.  She was forced to have sex with the king to fulfill his lust.

Take the poll and/or comment: 1) Who’s to blame?  2) Why?

Results will show up in my next book.