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Bath-sheba (Bathsheba)

Meaning: daughter of the oath, or of seven

This was the name of one biblical woman, who was also called Bath-shu'a (1 Chr. 3:5). She was the daughter of Eliam (2 Sam. 11:3) or Ammiel (1 Chr. 3:5), and wife of Uriah the Hittite. David committed adultery with her (2 Sam. 11:4-5; Ps. 51:1).

The child born in adultery died (2 Sam. 12:15-19). After her husband was slain (11:15), she was married to David (11:27), and became the mother of Solomon (12:24; 1 Kings 1:11; 2:13). She took a prominent part in securing the succession of Solomon to the throne (1 Kings 1:11, 16-21).

Author: Matthew G. Easton, with minor editing by Paul S. Taylor.

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