The Rape of Bathsheba

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

3 Responses

  1. AssumedName says:

    Totally agree. Even if he didn’t violently force her, his position made it almost obligatory for her and should absolutely be considered rape. And it’s particularly interesting to me that when David repents in Psalm 51, he says to God “against you and you only have I sinned.” I don’t quite get that. I’d certainly say he sinned against his other wives, against Bathsheba, and certainly Uriah.

    • Very good point. Even if you don’t really think of Bathsheba being human enough to think of it as a sin against her, you’d at least think killing Uriah would qualify. It’s probably a case of hyperbole, a way of emphasizing how grave of a sin it was. At least that’s the best answer I can think of right now. Unfortunately, the way many read the Bible today would take that more literally and could get us to a dangerous practice where reconciliation with the people you’ve harmed is irrelevant as long as you ask God for forgiveness – I have heard things like that.

      • AssumedName says:

        I’m inclined toward your view, that it’s hyperbole indicating that God is the main offended party.