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Sarah, Rebecca and Bathsheba Ensure Their Sons’ Successions

Abraham, Isaac and David are literally or figuratively blind to YHWH’s intentions. It is their wives who take decisive action to shape Israel’s future.


Nolan Lebovitz



Bathsheba the Kingmaker

Bathsheba first appears as the object of David’s lust, then as the mother of Solomon, who pleads with the king to make her son his heir. And yet, a close look at her actions shows her to be someone with agency, able to manipulate her husband and even her son to ensure Solomon’s safety and rule.


Carl S. Ehrlich



King David and Oedipus Rex

Reading the Succession Narrative as anti-monarchic Greek tragedy.


Richard Lederman



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