Saturday, December 7, 2013

David and Bathsheba

David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have.  Told from Bathsheba's perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people's courage and faith in God. David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of the everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion.  Dorr merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader.  It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties. 

The one fault that I had with the book was that I found her Bible knowledge lacking because she presented facts in the story as happening one way when the Bible says differently. Example: Nathan found out from Urial about the pregnancy, not from God. But it does give a good look at the history and tradition of that time in history.

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