I’ve been tickled pink with most of the reviews of BATHSHEBA as they trickle in, but I’m always a little chagrinned when someone takes issue with something I wrote in the book.  Bathsheba_Design

For instance, I read a review last night where a woman said that “nowhere in the Bible does it say that Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather.”

Well . . . it does.  You just have to put pieces together.

He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Sa 11:3.

4 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai from Maacah;
Eliam son of Ahithophel from Giloh;     2 Sa 23:34.

So there you have it.  Bathsheba was Eliam’s daughter, and Eliam was Ahithopehl’s son . . . just as portrayed in the novel.  🙂   And when you consider what happened to Bathsheba, and how Ahithophel turned against David in the Absalom uprising, it all makes perfect sense.  🙂


1 Comment

  1. Cahya Adi Kurniawan

    Hi Angela,

    I just finished reading Bathsheba. Thanks for writing this wonderful story. The loudest lesson I got from the story is the profound effect of love and forgiveness in one’s life. I only realized after reading this novel, that Bathsheba must have been an extraordinary woman in going through the process from the place of hurt to the place of love. Should she got bitter with David, she will end up childless after her firstborn died, similar like Michal’s, and wouldn’t deliver the other 3 children. And if she live in bitterness, for sure she will not be able to raise Solomon to become the ‘Wisest man on earth’. You put the stark contrast of the effect of bitterness in one’s life by including Absalom and Ahitophel stories. W hat you’ve done to the bible figures and stories is like putting color on an otherwise black-and-white picture, so that make them colorful, alive and real. Later on, in eternity, when I happen to meet real David and Bathsheba, I will ask to them their version of the story and compare with yours.. 😀


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