David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have. Told from Bathsheba's perspective, Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a peoples' courage and faith in God.
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Review 1 for David and Bathsheba
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Date:November 21, 2013
Location:San Antonio, TX
David and Bathsheba by Roberta Kellis Dorr
11/21/13 by Jennifer Deffendall
Officially the book is about David and Bathsheba. But it’s more than that, it’s about how a young woman and young man met. How they got over a lot of problems. The characters in the book are Bathsheba, David, Uriah, Solomon, Adonijah, Nathan, and Abishag. You could say that the book is totally love story of David and Bathsheba.
Here are the main characters in the book: Bathsheba, beautiful, intelligent, very much a political animal. Good at manipulating people. David, powerful, charismatic. Politically clever, but often governed by his emotions, especially in family matters. Uriah, noble but hapless husband of Bathsheba, who almost certainly knows about her infidelity with David. Solomon, son of Bathsheba and David. Adonijah, popular son of David, expected to be king after David. Nathan, astute adviser to David after he makes Jerusalem his capital. Holds a special position described nowadays as 'prophet', where he was able to advise the king in a frank manner that was not allowed to other courtiers and advisers.
Love the book, cover, and the story line. I read the book in two days. One of the things I love was that it gave a history of Bathsheba and her family. Bathsheba was a daughter of Eliam, one of David's "thirty" (2 Sam. 23:34; cf 1 Chr. 3:5); Eliam was the son of Ahitophel, one of David's chief advisors. Ahitophel was from Giloh (Josh. 15:51;cf 2 Sam. 15:12), a city of Judah, and thus Bathsheba was from David's own tribe and the granddaughter of one of David's closest advisors (2 Sam.15:12)." In addition, she was married twice, first to Uriah and to King David. She was the mother of Solomon, who succeeded David as king, making her the Queen Mother.
History of how they meet. King David was relaxing on a palace balcony above the city when he spied a beautiful woman taking a bath. Through his messengers, David learned that she was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite, who had gone to battle for David. How they got together was that he invited her up to his place, she was not able to refuse. They had an affair, and she got pregnant. Unfortunately, there was a problem, Bathsheba was still married to Uriah, even though it was not working out between them anymore. Uriah did come home and did not see her, went back to battle and was killed in battle. King David waited the appreciate time and started courting her and married her. But David's actions displeased God, and the baby born to Bathsheba died. Bathsheba bore David other sons, most notably Solomon. God so loved Solomon that Nathan the prophet called him Jedidiah, which means "beloved of Jehovah."
Would I recommend this book to family and friends? Yes I would recommend this book to all to read. What did you learn? No matter what we do God stills cares for us.
I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from the MPNewsroom. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have. Told from Bathsheba's perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people's courage and faith in God.
David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of the everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion. Dorr brilliantly merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader. It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties.
I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, and it is full of details of Israel during the Biblical era. The descriptions about everyday life were fresh and interesting, and I enjoyed the psalms included in the book. This is my favorite story from the Old Testament, and I was pleased with the different perspective and viewpoint that Dorr brings to the table.
My only disappointment in this book was when Dorr choose to deviate from the Biblical account with her reason on why Uriah didn't go visit Bathsheba. I understand each author has the right to change as much as they feel necessary to make their book work, but I felt it was too inconsistent and irreconcilable to portray Uriah's family relationships the way she did.
That said, I really enjoyed reading this account, and I think it is a very profitable novel for any enthusiast of the Biblical fiction or Christian to read. I would caution, however, that it is very far from the Biblical account in some areas, and I definitely recommend knowing your Scriptures before reading this portrayal. It is fiction in every sense of the word - and while based on the Biblical story - as readers we need to remember this when we feel inclined to nitpick at the inaccuracies.
This book was provided by the publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Review 3 for David and Bathsheba
Date:July 5, 2013
Location:Myrtle Beach, SC
I love the way the author prefaced the life of Bathsheba in particular, as well as David. There was much history referencing Israel, its people, wars, etc. etc. A wonderful story. This book is definitely a keeper!!!