A Peek at Bathsheba
by Uvi Poznansky
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The David Chronicles - Book 2
Publication Date: June 29, 2014
Genre: Historical Adult Fiction
Print Length: 226 pages
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Against the backdrop of
wars, raging within the land and without, David is growing into the
mantle of leadership. Between his anointment as a tribal king and his
anointment as the king of all of Israel, he uses wisdom, cunning, and
his own understanding of the forces of history, aiming for high ideals:
stopping the bloodshed, uniting the nation, and bringing about healing
But then, having reached his peak, David falters. He
makes a serious error that threatens to undo his political success, and
cost him not only the adoration of his people—but also the sense of
being sustained by a divine power. That error is the most torrid tale of
passion ever told: his deliciously forbidden love for Bathsheba,
followed by his attempt to cover up the ensuing scandal by sending her
husband—who serves him faithfully in his army—to his death.
is volume II of the trilogy The David Chronicles, told candidly by the
king himself. David uses modern language, indicating that this is no
fairytale. Rather, it is a story that is happening here and now. Listen
to his voice as he undergoes a profound change, realizing the magnitude
of his sin, and the curse looming over his entire future.
A Peek at Bathsheba by Uvi Poznansky
Young David slew Goliath and became a hero, a legend, blessed by God to become a powerful and intelligent ruler, with a dream of uniting the many tribes. Time and the pressures of ruling with a firm, but wise hand have taken their toll as he ages and his priorities turn inward as he creates passion through poems and his words. A Peek at Bathsheba by Uvi Poznansky tells of an era in David’s life after he has established himself as king, with a household filled with many trophy wives, a sign of his importance and power. Still, when he sees the beautiful Bathsheba, he must have her and goes so far as to have her husband, loyal to both her and his King, murdered.
Haven’t many wondered of the story of David and Bathsheba, of her influence on him, his love for her and of the live they shared, sometimes passionate, sometimes painful? David is portrayed as having more passion for his surroundings, his poetry and his artistic side, caring less about the political machinations going on around him. Bathsheba appears strong, yet is an outcast among David’s other wives, which proves to bring heartbreak to the couple. Did Bathsheba weaken David or did she give him what he needed when he most needed it to be strong?
Uvi Poznansky has brought a piece of biblical history to life looking upon these characters as humans, with frailties and flaws, giving us a chance to feel we understand a little more of lives lived long ago. Without the needs for the speech of the era, Ms. Poznansky delivers a deeply thought-provoking tale written with the artistic grace that is her signature style. She writes with a calm and steady hand that plucks the strings of her tale with a lyrical precision that leaves the reader deeply entrenched in her words long after the last page.
I received a copy from Ms. Poznansky in exchange for my honest review. I truly believe it is her style and presentation that makes her work a breath of fresh air in the world of great reading.