Bathsheba: A Novel

Bathsheba: A Novel

by Jill Eileen Smith


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ISBN-13: 9780800733223
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Wives of King David Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 484,767
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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Bathsheba 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
LadyBlunt More than 1 year ago
Bathsheba is the 3rd book to the Trilogy, Wives of King David that starts with the Princess Michal, daughter of Saul. David is portrayed here as a jaded king, lost in grief over the death of his beloved Abigail. He had long since turned against Michal, the subject of the first book and she is now a calm presence in his turbulent household. Bathsheba is the bored, lonely wife of Uriah, a warrior who was gone from home a lot. David is bored of all his many wives and had been going on a marrying frenzy, bedding one every two weeks. Smith's portrayal of David and Bathsheba is of two lonely hearts who fall in a night of temptation. David dismisses thoughts of reconciliation with his loyal wife Michal with a shake of a wrist, "I don't want to go there." and falls into grievous sin instead. The story is sad because Bathsheba paid so dearly. She was pilloried as an adulteress and had no other friends but Michal. I cannot imagine what went on through Bathsheba's soul to sleep night after night with the murderer of her husband. I suppose she had no choice but to swallow it and make the best of it. I wish Smith delved deeper into Bathsheba's emotional state and gave us that insight, but the story glosses over it in favor of finishing out the historical events.
JP60 More than 1 year ago
Once again, Jill Eileen Smith takes you back into history and brings it to life in this drama of King David's wives. Bathsheba takes on new meaning when you come face to face with the laws and traditions of Bible times. Heartbreaking, heartrending and heartwarming all fit into the pages of this book. A new perspective or an old perspective, however you find yourself - you will know that it was written with truth from the Word. This is a book that will bring new meaning to the words love, remorse, forgiveness and mercy.
mostnobleknight More than 1 year ago
This book stays very close to the bible, an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It had Bible verses to show the true story while adding details by the author. The characters were believable, likeable & good detail.
cathyem More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this fictional book about Bathsheba and King David. It was a different view than I had imagined. I also enjoyed Michal, which was the first book in this series
Carrie Etheridge More than 1 year ago
This novel gives great insight to the complexity of the matter.
nclovesbooksncats More than 1 year ago
This book rounds out the series The Wives of King David. It gave me a better insight on Bathsheba, herself. The book is written in such a way, that the characters become a live again and you can feel what was in their hearts at the time. MUST READ SERIES!
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
This is the third book is the King David series, but readers won't really be missing out if they haven't read the first two. While many Christians are familiar with the basic story of David and Bathsheba, even those that don't will know what is going on. Smith uses some Bible verses at the beginning of each of her three parts of the book. However, I think she should have included all of what the Bible says about the story and then less of her own story-crafting. Granted, what Smith writes about is fairly accurate, she obviously puts in her own style and fabricates details about characters to make the story come to life. Regarding the romance, it is not graphic in the least, but at times can get a tad racy. Overall, this book is a good read, but readers will get a richer--and quicker--tale if they just go straight to the Bible. Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jill Eileen Smith in her new book, "Bathsheba" Book Three in her Wives of King David series published by Revell gives us a fictional account of what might have happened with her life and that of King David. Last year when I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Smith on our radio show and we talked about what she was planning to do in "Bathsheba" Ms. Smith promised me that there would be some surprises in this book. Now that this book is out I assure you Ms. Smith was not kidding. Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah the Hittite who is one of the thirty of David's might men and his friend. Everything that is in The Bible is in Ms. Smith's story but with much more detail, emotion and back story that The Bible leaves out. I am not giving away a plot surprise when I tell you that the reason why David in on top of the palace when he sees Bathsheba bathing is because he is grieving the death of his beloved wife , Abigail. I read the story of David and never realized that Abigail had died so this was a bit of a revelation for me though it does make sense. Once they have their affair events are in motion that will drive David to one of the greatest scandals in the kingdom. I am of the opinion that Bathsheba had no choice in the affair as David was King and how do you deny the King however Ms. Smith does make her point that Bathsheba had complicity. When we get to Heaven we will find out the true details in the meantime we have Ms. Smith's take on "Bathsheba" to entertain us. Ms. Smith makes Bathsheba and David come alive and we get a chance to walk with them and share their adventures intimately. We see what they see, we feel what they feel simply because Ms. Smith is such a great storyteller. If you missed the interview for "Abigail" book two in the series and would like to listen to it please go to Kingdom Highlights where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
alabraham on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I picked up the book Bathsheba because a friend wanted to learn more about her and have a discussion. I have never read any other books written by Jill Eileen Smith. She took a character out of the Old Testament and made her very real. She did a great job introducing the reader to the beliefs, customs and traditions of the time period and telling a love story between Bathsheba, her husband Uriah, her father, her sons and of course, David.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 10 months ago
am so happy to have had the chance to read this stunningly, emotional, long awaited conclusion to Jill Eileen Smith's Wives of King David series. Next to Julie Lessman, she is my favorite Christian historical author. Her ability to take true accounts of the women in the Bible, and tenderly weave them into works of fiction, is absolutely incredible. The fiction aspect of the story was incredibly written that it ALL felt real to me. I was completely captured by this richly detailed, deeply researched novel of a beautiful woman who's story became my own.Bathsheba's story is, I think, the best one of the three. Michal and Abigail were wonderfully written and both captivating, but Bathsheba was more delicately written and the power it held over me was breathtaking. She was a lonely woman who just wanted to spend time with her husband, but King David and war kept calling him away. She felt useless at times because she wasn't able to produce a child for husband. But what happens when Uriah goes off to war and King David, grieving the loss of Abigail, stays behind? Bathsheba is faced with uncertainty as she can't deny the attraction she feels towards the King. Is it betrayal? What of pleasing her dear Adonai? And, what is to happen, when she finds herself with child.....with the King's baby? Oh, this book's power over it's reader is indescribable! God is there in the middle of it all. I, as I am sure many readers will, felt as if I stepped back into time, among the Kings, and the soldiers. To a time when women were sought out to be a mother to many sons for the armies. To a time that was BC. That feeling is breathtaking and emotionally moving. Giving this book 5 million stars would be more justified than simply 5 stars! I urge everyone to pick up a copy of this story who's message of forgiveness and redemption and grace is ever powerful. You'll loose yourself among the vivid pages and scenes of an unforgettable story. Praise to Jill Eileen Smith for being a masterful Biblical fiction author!
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When David had Uriah killed I really identified with Bathsheba's conflicted emotions and pain. I understood--wrong as it was-- why he thought Uriah's death in battle was the only solution. I felt for Uriah because he was truly a good man and trusting servant. He was innocent and his only real fault was being a warrior with a beautiful wife. I could see how David's men lost even more respect for him when everything came out. The grieving that David did over his sin was well done. I felt his agony. I could almost see him stealing away to write some of the Psalms as a way of dealing with his guilt and sorrow. I loved how he truly recognized the calamity he had brought on his family by following his fleshly desires. I also loved the way the author showed Bathsheba's anger and conflicted emotions about the situation she'd found herself in. I could see how she hated what happened and her life at that point, yet at the same time she worked through the pain and loss. She was a strong woman and I could see why she was David's favorite wife. She was also beautiful on the inside. The story of David and Bathsheba is a great example of God making beauty come from ashes and joy from mourning. Not because the sin committed was of no consequence, but the Grace of God is powerful enough to cover all sin and restore any life if there is true repentance. There are always consequences, though, and this story shows that while God had forgiven them, there was still a plethora of long-lasting repercussions that existed. The ramifications resulting from their transgression had to be dealt with on a regular basis, but God saw them through it when they called upon His name.
wbarker on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Bathsheba is a beautifully written story. It is one thing to read the basic names and facts in the Bible, it is a whole new experience to live through the happenings as told in the Bible in such vivid detail. With her careful attention to detail and the emotion and realism she has given to the characters, Jill Eileen Smith has brought to life the Biblical characters of Bathsheba, Uriah, and David and those who surrounded them. The author has given us a deeper look into what might have reasonably happened between Bathsheba and King David using the culture and what would have been considered acceptable views at that time. She really gave me a new perspective on the attitudes surrounding Bathsheba and King David, more specifically how their feelings and beliefs would have been affected in a time when women were raised to obey the men in their life without question. I also loved the redemptive quality of the story: yes, they sinned by committing adultery, yes there were consequences to those actions... she also showed the importance of gaining forgiveness and the honor that ultimately came from their actions.This is the third and final book of The Wives of King David, but it reads just fine as a stand-alone. The two previous books are Michal and Abigail. This would be a very interesting book to read in a Bible Study Group as well as a book club. The publisher has provided Bible Study Questions and a Reading Group Guide online.I always love to read stories surrounding women in the Bible, and I will be recommending this one to our book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book by far was my favorite of the wives of David. It's a beautiful portrait of redemption, grace, and love. Well worth the read & money. Thank you Jillian. God has definitely blessed you with the gift of "story teller".
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Excellent Story! I have read several books by author Jill Eileen Smith.  Her Historical Biblical fiction is awesome.  What I like about her books is that the Biblical and Historical facts match what the scriptures say.  I am so looking forward to reading more books by this author.   At first I was a little upset with how the author was portraying Bathsheba.  I always wanted to put the blame totally on King David.  After all, she had to do what the King wanted didn’t she?  Well, perhaps not.  I realize this is a fiction read and the story perhaps might have been a little or a lot off but why couldn’t it have happened this way?  It sure made for a good read! For an unbeliever reading this book I would hope the person would be so curious about the life of King David and all his wives that they might just pick up a Bible and read what the scriptures say.  Just maybe, this would give them a thirst to want to know more about God and His word. I highly recommend this book.  I was certainly engrossed in it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in learning more about the way people in ancient Jerusalem lived, you must read this book! As someone who is both christian and a history lover,I found myself taken in by the love story of Bathsheba and David. Both tried their best to be good people, but they made mistakes. They're mistakes did not go unpunished by God and brought them sadness. But they knew enough to ask Gods for forgiveness and learn from the past. Because they loved God and they were able to find peace and happiness in each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I appreciate these books of the women in the Bible from this author because it makes me think more about them and how God had a plan for them. I always want to spend more time seeking God after reading these type of books. This is Christian novel abd is part of a series but you do not have to read the previous books to enjoy this one.
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And this displeased the Lord. This was what King David did that displeased God. He took Bathsheba , a married woman to his bed. And this is her story. Straight out of the Bible. Five star book that gives us hope that we too may be given mercy for our sins . Through God's lovingkindness and Christ Jesus. Thanks for another great Bible story !
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