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Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.” 2 Samuel 11 NASB
Aside from the aforementioned passage in the Old Testament, it is to be noted that Bathsheba is one of the few women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in 1 Chronicles 3:5.
These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four, by Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel.
|Bathsheba After the Bath by Jan Steen|
Bathsheba is most commonly portrayed in artwork in a state of undress at her bath. Mention Bathsheba at Her Bath and you’ll likely think of Rembrandt and Veronese. Part of the Getty Museum collection in Los Angeles (not on display) is the oil painting Bathsheba After the Bath by Dutch painter Jan Steen.
See how Bathsheba is looking directly at the artist/viewer while her maidens and domestic dog attend to her. Is she seducing us? Is her character perceived by society as one of seductress?