Listen below as Emory University Hebrew Bible professor Jacob L. Wright reads a selection from his critically acclaimed new book David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory. The reading treats the famous story of David’s affair with Bathsheba. In this account, Bathsheba’s husband, a Hittite named Uriah, is placed on the front lines to die in battle. As you will learn, the Biblical authors present this soldier as a paragon of Israelite virtue, while offering a penetrating critique of Israel’s beloved king.
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Jacob L. Wright is currently teaching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future. Wright presents the class in two Bible History Daily Features. In a guest-authored post, Wright explores the question: Why Do We Have a Bible? And in a video post, he presents evidence for The Oldest Reference to Israel and the Near Eastern cultures that surrounded the birth of the Biblical world.
Jacob L. Wright is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He is author of Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and Its Earliest Readers (De Gruyter) and two related works on the Bible’s most celebrated ruler: King David’s Reign Revisited (Aldina/Apple iBooks) and David, King of Israel, and Caleb in Biblical Memory (Cambridge University Press). He is currently at work on an exciting new book on the Bible to be published by Simon & Schuster—Atria.