Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: BATH-SHBEBA, 05-23-13
Posted on 05/23/2013 8:28:42 AM PDT by Salvation
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The wife of Uriah the Hittite. She was coveted by King David, who connived with his military leader, Joab, to send Uriah into such a dangerous part of the battlefield that he would be killed. His plot succeeded, and then he made Bath-Sheba his queen. A child resulted from this unholy union, but Yahweh was angered by the king's shameful conduct (II Samuel 11:14-27). The prophet Nathan appeared in David's court and delivered a stinging rebuke. David's repentance was expressed eloquently in Psalm 51, and he willingly offered penance for his crime, but the child died within a week. Later Bath-Sheba bore him another child. This was Solomon, destined to become the famous successor to David (II Samuel 12:1-25). Years later the rivalry of Solomon's half-brother, Adonijah, impelled Bath-Sheba to persuade the aging king to have Solomon secretly anointed and crowned (I Kings 1:25-40).
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You might want to look up Bathsabee in the DRB (Bethsheba in the AV).
David repented, but he still suffered. So did Bathsheba. Joab, David’s nephew and army commander - and one of the greatest characters in world literature - got his comeuppance in the end.
Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, might be said to have gotten what he wanted: he died heroically in the charge and was honored by his comrades. And the innocent baby went to God.
Bathsheba is a type of the Virgin Mary, because of the position of power she held as the mother of King Solomon. (” ... speak to the King, he will not deny you anything ...”) She’s also an anti-type, because of her unchastity!
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