We were reminded today that a familiar story told over the centuries is not necessarily interpreted the way we learned it. Rev. Tim challenged us to review the story of David and Bathsheba from the point of view of the story-tellers with a particular focus on how the stories of women of the Bible are often told. Seductress? Victim? Manipulator?
Read the text of the Rev. Tim's Reflection as a file attachment on this page and follow a refreshing line of reasoning. As Katie Edward and Emma Nagouse have said, "A common thread in the biblical text is that women are responsible for maintaining their sexual "Purity." This is not in the interests of their own well-being but to ensure that as male property, women remain undamaged. ... women are constantly implicitly blamed..."