Wife of King David, mother of Solomon. Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of David's “mighty men” (2 Sam. 23.39), but she became David's wife after David killed Uriah to cover up his affair with her (2 Sam. 11). God's displeasure over the affair is seen when the child conceived in the affair dies as an infant (2 Sam. 12.14–23). However, Solomon, David and Bathsheba's fourth child (2 Sam. 5.14; 1 Chron. 3.5), succeeds David to the throne. Solomon's successful bid for the throne is attributed in part to the efforts of Bathsheba, who apparently had risen to the status of queen mother (1 Kings 1.11–31).
Timothy M. Willis