Moral Critique, Literary Genius
Revisiting David and Bathsheba

Shai Held

The story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1- 12:25) is one of the most riveting in all of Tanakh.   In this session, we’ll read the (perhaps familiar) texts with new eyes, paying close attention to the substance of its critique of King David’s attitudes and behaviors (and, arguably, of kings in general) and to the extraordinarily subtle ways it gives voice to that critique.  We’ll also how linguistic and psychological ambiguity make the story richer, more complex-- and also more elusive.  In other words, we’ll explore both what the text says and how it says it.

 
Moral Critique, Literary Genius: Revisiting David and Bathsheba
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