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Bathsheba is a female forename. It is pronounced in two ways, both with the first '-a-' like that in 'at': 'BATH-she-bah', IPA: /ˈbæθ ʃɪb ə/, and 'bath-SHE-ba', IPA: /bæθ ˈʃiː bə/.

  • In the Bible, Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite. David saw her bathing (i.e. naked), desired her, sent for her and took her, fathering a child upon her while her husband was in the Jewish army fighting on his behalf. To conceal their adultery, David ordered that Uriah be set in the front line, where he might be killed. He was indeed killed. David married the widow Bathsheba. Th prophet Nathan preached the parable of the poor man with one ewe-lamb and the rich man (2 Sam., 12 vv. 1-20 [[1]]), saying that David should not die, but the child should, as a punishment from God. This happened but their union was ultimately blessed in the birth of Solomon, the greatest of the kings of ancient Israel, and builder of The Temple. (See also David.)
  • The name Bathsheba also appears in literature, notably in Bathsheba Everdene, the heroine of Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd (1874).