Bathsheba Adulteress or Innocent Victim 1
King David - rapist and murderer?
I was on a discussionattentive to King David regarding Bathsheba, which is being re-listed. It is undisputed that David is viewed as the indirect murderer of Bathsheba’s husband Uria. But did David also rape Bathsheba? At least that is what is being said again. Certainly also triggered by the #MeToo debate.
One can ask what the worse accusation is, Murderer or rapist? And why Christians are willing to see King David as an indirect murderer, but not as a rapist. What role did Bathsheba play in this? Innocent victim or calculating woman?
The discussion starts with the description of the story in 2 Samuel 11 + 12.
2Sa 11: 2 And it came to pass in the evening that David arose from his bed and went to the roof of the royal house. Then he saw a woman bathing from the roof. But the woman was very handsome. ... (Rev. Elb.)
For me it follows from history that David and Bathsheba sinned willfully. In my view, Bathsheba is not the victim in history, but a contributor to it.
For me, that already appears in the first verse of the story. Because one thing is always clear: in Israel at that time, no decent woman would have dared to bathe in the middle of the city of Jerusalem, visible from the surrounding roofs (including that of the palace). (The picture above illustrates the situation quite well in my opinion) So the question arises as to why she did that. Was she naive or was she doing it out of calculation and thereby sinning? Was her intention to get rid of her husband and become one of David's wives? Wouldn't she have had enough opportunities to indict David and make her story public?
Does a calculating attitude excuse Bathsheba Davis' sins? Definitely not! To have her brought to the palace to sleep with her and the subsequent indirect murder of Uria is inexcusable. King David can certainly be called an adulterer and murderer here. But in my opinion not as a rapist. This also follows for me from God's accusation against David, which he proclaimed through the prophet Nathan. God spoke of robbery, but not of rape of Urias' wife.
But isn't it already reprehensibleAssuming women of such a calculating attitude? Obviously not for the Bible. Because the Bible tells of men and women who were very calculating in their actions. Quite by women too, who with their seductive skills tempted men to do what they asked them to do. See also the story about the beheading of John the Baptist in Matth. 14: 6ff.
That women also act like this is often left out of the #MeToo debate. But life teaches that this is absolutely the case.
What do you think about this?
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