Bathsheba: Relucatant Beauty

BathshebaAuthor: Angela Hunt

Series: Dangerous Beauty

Publisher: Bethany House

Release Date: September 2015

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Hunt continues her Dangerous Beauty series with another well-known feminine biblical character told from a new vantage point!

When Bathsheba is a young girl and presented to the Lord, the prophet Samuel lays his hands on her and suddenly goes into a trance with a prophecy on her life. Her father believes that she will become a wife to a great man of Israel and be mother to a powerful son.  Her mother hears that she will be a tob woman is pleased that she will be very beautiful and sought after.  But beauty only runs skin deep.  When she becomes of age, her father accepts the wedding dowry from Uriah the Hittite, one of King David’s elite warriors as he had been.  However, after the first year of marriage, Bathsheba has not begun to carry a child and Uriah has to return to the battlefield.  One evening while her maidservant is bathing her, King David sees her from the palace ridge.  Infatuated with her beauty, he sends for her to the palace.  Fearful that something has happened to Uriah, Bathsheba quickly goes, but finds a lust hungry King who gets what he wants and then sends her back home, broken and alone.  This one action begins a series of events that takes a toll on the House of David.  The familiar story is told from the viewpoint of Bathsheba and will leave many questioning their respect for the King.

Angela Hunt never ceases to spin a good story. But this unorthodox tale told from the viewpoints of Bathsheba and Nathan the prophet will undoubtedly cause some people to go back and revisit the story as told in the Old Testament.  She weaves the stories we’ve all heard from a new stance.  The actual nonconsensual act performed by King David.  The murder of Uriah the Hittite.  The death of the child.  The rape of Tamar.  The murder of Assam.  The rebellion of Absalom.  And the failed coupe on Solomon’s life.  All the high points are in this book and told from an interesting viewpoint.

One of the most surprising viewpoints are those of Nathan the prophet. In this book, young Nathan is quite taken with Bathsheba and plans to make her his wife.  That is until on his way to talk to her father, he hears a voice that tells him that she is not meant to be his wife.  This does not remove the feelings that he has for her and even after he marries he still thinks of her when he is with his wife.  Even so, Nathan’s character grows throughout the text as we see him become more of a protector to Bathsheba.