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Vindicating the Vixens Book Club: Bathsheba

In Matthew’s lineage of Jesus, five women are named among the ancestors of Jesus. But Bathsheba’s name is not actually included; rather, she is identified as “the wife of Uriah” only. Her story may be one of the most infamous in the entire Bible—the woman who brought down King David. Or did she? How did that bathing scene actually play out, and who was at fault when “David sent messengers and took her” (2 Sam 11:4)? Rethinking old interpretations of biblical passages can and should impact our thinking about not only the Bible, but also God himself and our own life context. The “Me, too” movement continues to reverberate throughout American society, freeing women to name the abuse and harassment they’ve endured—often hidden in shame—and calling the guilty to account. Sarah Bowler, author of the Bathsheba chapter in Vindicating the Vixens, offers her thoughts on how today’s realities can be influenced positively by a more accurate understanding of this much-maligned victim.

Sarah Bowler, author of the Bathsheba chapter in Vindicating the Vixens, offers her thoughts on how today’s realities can be influenced positively by a more accurate understanding of this much-maligned victim. Over the next few weeks, the authors of the chapters covering the five women in Jesus’s genealogy will also join Rebecca to discuss their perspectives. We hope you will purchase your own copy of the book and join us for the first HSF book club!

Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified and Marginalized Women of the Bible