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Dictionaries :: Bath-Sheba

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Easton's Bible Dictionary


daughter of the oath, or of seven, called also Bath-shu'a (1Ch 3:5), was the daughter of Eliam (2Sa 11:3) or Ammiel (1Ch 3:5), and wife of Uriah the Hittite. David committed adultery with her (2Sa 11:4,5; Psa 51:1). The child born in adultery died (2Sa 12:15-19). After her husband was slain (11:15) she was married to David (11:27), and became the mother of Solomon (12:24; 1Ki 1:11; 2:13). She took a prominent part in securing the succession of Solomon to the throne (1Ki 1:11,16-21).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


bath-she'-ba, bath'-she-ba (bath-shebha‘, "the seventh daughter," or "the daughter of an oath," also called Bathshua bath- shua‘, "the daughter of opulence" (1Ch 3:5); the Septuagint however reads Bersabee everywhere; compare BATHSHUA; HPN, 65, 67, 77, 206 for Bath-sheba, and 67, 69, note 3, for Bathshua): Bath-sheba was the daughter of Eliam (2Sa 11:3) or Ammiel (1Ch 3:5); both names have the same meaning. She was the beautiful wife of Uriah the Hittite, and because of her beauty was forced by David to commit adultery (2Sa 11:2 ff; Ps 51). Her husband Uriah was treacherously killed by the order of David (2Sa 11:6 ff). After the death of her husband David made her his wife and she lived with him in the palace (2Sa 11:27). Four sons sprang from this marriage (2Sa 5:14; 1Ch 3:5), after the first child, the adulterine, had died (2Sa 12:14 ff). With the help of the prophet Nathan she renders futile the usurpation of Adonijah and craftily secures the throne for her son Solomon (1Ki 1:11 ff). Later Adonijah succeeds in deceiving Bath-sheba, but his plan is frustrated by the king (1Ki 2:13 ff). According to Jewish tradition, Pr 31 is written by Solomon in memory of his mother. In the genealogy of Jesus (Mt 16) Bath-sheba is mentioned as the former wife of Uriah and the mother of Solomon by David. See ADONIJAH; AMMIEL; BATHSHUA; DAVID; ELIAM; NATHAN; SOLOMON.

Written by Arthur L. Breslich

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