Bathsheba’s Story and Implications for Ministry (Part 3)

In contemplating Bathsheba’s lack of responsibility, many current observations and applications call for attention. Earlier this week, I took a look at Rachel Marie Stone’s perspective based off an article she wrote for Prism Magazine. In yesterday’s post, I looked at Chole Sun’s perspective. Today, I want to take a look at some things pointed out by Heather Celoria. (The following is content taken from my Master’s thesis written for Dallas Theological Seminary.) Read more

Bathsheba’s Story and Implications for Ministry (Part 2)

In contemplating Bathsheba’s lack of responsibility, many current observations and applications call for attention. In yesterday’s post, I took a look at Rachel Marie Stone’s perspective based off an article she wrote for Prism Magazine. Today I want to take a look at another interesting angle from Chole Sun. (The following is content taken from my Master’s thesis written for Dallas Theological Seminary.) Read more

Bathsheba’s Story and Implications for Ministry (Part 1)

In contemplating Bathsheba’s lack of responsibility, many current observations and applications call for attention. Practically speaking, some countries today have laws in place to protect minors from sexual abuse that go beyond what the Old Testament mandated.

For example, the organization RAINN stipulates boundaries concerning a person’s age, capacity to consent, and agreement to an act.[1] Bathsheba did not have the same legal recourse as many individuals have today. Yet, despite the increase in protective legislation, abuse and suppression still remain. Some Christian leaders abuse their power in sexual relationships. Others continue to put part of the blame on victims instead of the abuser, perhaps even more so in cases where the abuser is in a leadership position. What might be done to change this and give victims a greater voice? I want to share a portion from my Master’s thesis written for Dallas Theolgical Seminary on Rachel Marie Stone’s perspective. Read more

Bathsheba’s Bath

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When I did research on Bathsheba for my thesis, a few people asked me why she was bathing outside, and some thought she was even bathing on top of a roof.

This month’s issue of Today in the Word from Moody addresses a similar question about Bathsheba: “Shouldn’t Bathsheba share a part of the blame in David’s moral failure in 2 Samuel 11 since she was bathing outside, attracting David’s attention?”

I was very pleased with Dr. Winfred Neely’s adamant response that Bathsheba was a victim and shared no part of the blame. Far too often I’ve seen her receive partial blame for King David’s sinful actions.

Here is a short exert from the fourth chapter of my thesis, which explains a few reasons why Bathsheba’s bathing does not not make her responsible in any way for David’s sin. Read more