Season 1: Episode 22
David, Bathsheba & Harem Politics
Date Aired: 04/20/2023
Ancient harems were about much more than sex. They were the powerful realms of royal women — wives, consorts and concubines — where favored sons were positioned as future kings. What can the biblical account of David and Bathsheba tell us about the reality of ancient harems? A lot! says return guest Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones. Bathsheba, a victim of King David’s lust, rises to become “queen mother,” the most powerful position in the royal courts of the ancient Near East. Lloyd explains how David and Bathsheba’s famous story is at once the product of ancient literary motifs and the real-life exploits of harem life.
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