I am working on some ideas I delivered orally a few years back and at that stage did not finish polishing with a view to publication. Basically the idea is that if we read David’s story as told in Samuel-Kings1 through the optic of his relationship to death, unsurprisingly the episode in 2 Samuel 10-12 where he arranges Uriah’s killing to cover up his taking of Bathsheba is seen clearly as the turning point, such a reading also makes sense of David’s puzzling response to the illness and death of his first child with Bathsheba.
I really would be grateful for comments and suggestions as returning (like a dog to vomit) to earlier work and now trying to polish it is not easy!
- Recognising that Samuel-Kings does not tell a “Story of David”, it does tell David’s story. [↩]