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Daughter of Eliam, the son of Ahitophel, one of David’s advisers (2Sam 11:3; 2Sam 23:34). The wife of Uriah the Hittite, she was coveted, seduced, and impregnated by David while her husband was with Joab, fighting against the Ammonites at Rabbath, east of the Jordan (2Sam 11:1-4). After David had ordered Uriah sent into the forefront of the battle, where he was killed, he married Bathsheba, who became the mother of Solomon (2Sam 12:24) and begged the elderly David for Solomon’s succession to the throne (1Kgs 1:15-17).

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.