Chapter 15 The Four Wives of David and the Four Women of Odysseus

A Comparative Approach

In: The Character of David in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Author: Daniel Bodi

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Abstract

The article offers a literary analysis which juxtaposes the female biblical characters of Michal, Abigail, Bathsheba and Abishag, with those of the Greek epic, Odyssey: Calypso, Circe, Nausicaa and Penelope. It demonstrates that the Hebrew Bible places women at significant moments in David’s career which is comparable to the role played by women in the career of Odysseus. It argues that all these female figures act as reflecting mirrors, bringing to the fore different aspects of David and Odysseus’ personalities and, allowing both characters to acquire a truer perception of themselves, their limits and shortcomings.

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