||Article of book
|Title (German, Long)
||Batscheba - eine starke Frau
||Rudnig, Thilo A.
||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.
||2 Samuel 11-12
1 Kings 2