Bathsheba’s Story (Part 3): What Bathsheba Teaches Us About Sexual Abuse

nail polishEarlier this summer, four young men from North Carolina State University attempted to design a nail polish that would help protect women from date rape by detecting unwanted drugs in their drinks.

The nail polish (which unfortunately doesn’t seem to actually work) generated some concerns. While it’s good to promote steps to help women protect themselves, many point out that this treats the symptoms rather than the problem (i.e. teaching people to avoid getting raped instead of don’t rape). Advocates against rape also worry that this sort of thing may promote more victim blaming. Read more

Bathsheba’s Story (Part 2): How My Friends Changed Their Perspectives

city wall cropMy formal research on Bathsheba revealed a variety of opinions about Bathsheba, which I divided into three categories: (1) immoral and complicit, (2) reformed sinner, and (3) helpless victim.

Some people think that Bathsheba had no qualms about having sex with the king, perhaps even instigating it herself. Some take this view a step further by claiming that she was a repentant sinner whose sin God redeemed. The third group views her as a victim, not a sinner, and in no way at fault. Read more

Bathsheba’s Story (Part 1): How I Changed My Perspective

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Bathsheba’s story captures our attention. Painters, such as Jean-Léon Gérôme or Rembrandt, have depicted her bathing provocatively. Actress Susan Hayword brought her story to life in the 1951 film “David and Bathsheba,” nominated for five Academy Awards. Authors speculate on her life in historical fiction works. Read more