The Analogies between the David-Bathsheba Affair and the Naboth Narrative

M. Avioz

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In this paper, I sought to highlight the contribution of the analogies between the David and Bathsheba affair and the Naboth narrative. The criteria for comparing these narratives include similarities in the number and function of the participating characters, style, structure, and language. The narrator's use of parallels allows the reader to re-examine his or her assumptions about the literary design of all the characters involved. David's character is compared with that of Jezebel, so that a more critical description is received. The comparison between David and Ahab shows Ahab in a more positive light, as he was not actively involved in obtaining the vineyard. This contrasts with David's great activity in the effort to attain Bathsheba and to conceal his sin. However, this does not affect the continuity of the Davidic House since it is secured by Nathan's oracle
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)115-128
JournalJournal of Northwest Semitic Languages
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


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