2 Samuel 11: On David, Bathsheba, and the Long-Awaited Avalanche (Bible Talk, Ep. 102)

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For a while now, we’ve been tracking the avalanche in the distance. Now, with the story of David and Bathsheba, it’s finally here. In this episode of Bible Talk, Alex Duke, Jim Hamilton, and Sam Emadi chat about 2 Samuel 11.


1:46 / How do 1 Samuel 11 and 12 form a chiasm?

2:32 / How has the author previously foreshadowed David’s demise? What else is noteworthy entering into the chapter?

3:59 / What is the sin behind all the other sins in this passage? (11:1a)

5:44 / How does historical and literary context make David’s stroll on the roof sound worse? (11:1–3)

8:35 / Did David already know Bathsheba? (11:3)

11:35 / What should the language of David “taking” Bathsheba remind readers of? (11:4)

12:49 / Did David rape Bathsheba? (11:4)

22:02 / “Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.” (11:4)

22:48 / Sin is short-sighted and makes you crazy.

26:34 / A Gentile shows more devotion to the Lord than the king of Israel. (11:6–13)

31:07 / David’s insane callousness makes him enemies and spreads unfaithfulness. (11:14–25)

40:14 / Sam offers closing comments.

Graphic: David Gives Uriah a Letter for Joab, Pieter Lastman (1619)

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