Uriah the Hittite


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Uriah the Hittite

while he is at war, his wife sleeps with David. [O.T.: II Samuel 11:6]
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The King can do what the Victorian middle-class protagonist cannot: he writes a letter--delivered by Uriah the Hittite himself--in which he orders Joab to send Uriah to 'the forefront of the hottest battle [...] that he may be smitten, and die' (II Sam.
Uriah the Hittite, and the bad thing, about which God always reminded him, which caused him to cause Uriah to be killed in battle so he might make off with his widow.
We find Moses, the liberator of his people and the one who was petrified to speak before Pharoah; we have Jacob, who bore the promise and who also stole his birthright from his brother and then had to wrestle with God; we read of David, the great king and the contemptible murderer of Uriah the Hittite; we hear of Jeremiah, who was summoned by God and who was overwhelmed by a sense of his own unworthiness; we meet Peter, the rock upon whom Christ would build his church and the scoundrel who denied his master in his moment of greatest need.
Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah the Hittite. David can marry her only by ensuring that Uriah is killed in battle.
David, also according to Jewish scriptures, sent the soldier Uriah the Hittite to his death at the front to have his wife Bathsheba (Yitzhak Rabin in his first tenure in the early eighties alluded to this recent story at the Knesset).