The Wife of Uriah the Hittite: Political Seductress, Willing Participant, Naïve Woman, or #Bathesheba Too?

The Preacher as Sensitive Theologian

  • Winfred Neely


What role, if any, did Bathsheba play in one of the most egregious moral periods in the life of King David? Is Bathsheba herself culpable in the catastrophic moral failure of David in 2 Samuel 11 and 12? Standing at one end of the exegetical continuum on these questions are those scholars who answer by asserting that Bathsheba was a seductress. Her bathing on the roof was a trap she set to seduce the King. Since Bathsheba tempted the King and enticed him with her seductive bait, she bears some of the blame for what happened in 2 Samuel 11 and 12.