Chapter 17 Our Mother, Our Queen

Bathsheba through Early Jewish, Christian and Muslim Eyes

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

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The article considers the complex portrayals of David and Bathsheba in the three religions which, in different ways, see themselves as David’s heirs. Focusing on a story about succession and inheritance, it analyzes a representative selection of textual and visual sources, mainly – though not uniquely – medieval, in an attempt to better understand Jewish, Christian and Islamic exegetical approaches – internal and in relation to each other – to dealing with complications in the Davidic lineage.


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