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Bibil Identifier bibil:214330
Publication Type Article of book
Title (German, Long) Batscheba - eine starke Frau
Author Rudnig, Thilo A.
Congress volume Seitenblicke
Year (Reference) 2011
Language German
Pages 219-237 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract As she is presented to us in the biblical texts, Batsheba has a remarkable career. Initially in 2Sam 11 her role is passive: she endures or suffers David's actions and hardly acts herself. David consciously establishes a connection to her in order to procure an entrée into the upper classes in Jerusalem, which constitutes the social basis for the emerging dynasty. In 1Kings 1, however, one encounters an active and enterprising Bathsheba. Together with Nathan she carries out a plot whereby David is led to designate Solomon as his heir apparent. Thus she solidifies her own interests, since with his enthronement, she can expect to gain a considerable increase in her power and influence. The final stage of her career features the episode of Adonijah's request for Abishag (1Kings 2:13-25). Here Adonijah's death further secures Bathsheba's power as queen mother (cf. 1Kings 2:19). Bathsheba may be only a minor character in the Second Book of Samuel, but she is one of the strong women in the Old Testament and in the world literature.
Pericopes 2 Samuel 11-12
1 Kings 2
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