Bethsheba (2006)

(a solo from “Original Sin”)

In the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, King David sent Joab, his battle commander, and all of Israel’s soldiers to war against the sons of Ammon. But David stayed at Jerusalem.

One afternoon, it is written that King David arose from his couch and was walking upon the roof of the king’s house, where he spied Bethsheba bathing and he found her very desirable.

Bethsheba’s husband was Uriah, a loyal soldier of the king, but this was not to deter David, who decided to make her a widow so that he could take her as his own wife. Incredibly, David wrote a letter to Joab, and summoned Uriah to take it to Joab. The letter read: “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” Joab obeyed, and Uriah was slain.

But was Bethsheba the innocent victim of a king’s desire in this bloodshed, as the Bible tells us?