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A Peek at Bathsheba (The David Chronicles) (Volume 2) Paperback – July 6, 2014
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- "Written with the artistic grace that is her signature style. She writes with a calm, steady hand that plucks the strings of her tale with lyrical precision that leaves the reader deeply entrenched in her words long after the last page." -Dii, Top 500 reviewer
- "Beautifully researched, gorgeously rendered, and enticingly provocative in its blend of familiar and new." - Sheila Deeth, Top 1000 reviewer, Vine Voice
- I've been a fan of Author Uvi Poznansky's work for a few years now. She's one of the most prolific writers that I've had the pleasure to read. Whether it's Poetry, Biblical Fiction or Children's books, she is a truly amazing talented writer. "A Peek at Bathsheba" is another one of her masterpieces!!! King David's Psalms are one of my favorite books in the Bible, and the story of King David and Bathsheba is legend. Author Uvi Poznansky brilliantly penns this Biblical story in such a way it leaves you totally breathless intellectually and emotionally." - De Ann Townes Jr., Poet
- "This is the first time I've read this author and it won't be the last. I loved A PEEK OF BATHSHEBA! Ms. Poznansky transported me back to an interesting period of time with history, romance, and her eloquent style of writing. I enjoyed her unique way of describing the actions and reactions of her characters. She did a marvelous job with the setting as well. I especially liked how she ushered in a new era with the ending. In error I started with Book #2 in the David Chronicles. I'll get Book #1 and I'm sure I'll enjoy it just as much." - Jan Romes, Author
- "The gifted writer and artist extraordinaire Uvi Poznansky's A Peek at Bathsheba, The David Chronicles Volume 2, has done it again. Her writing is superbly crafted... I absolutely applaud how Ms. Poznansky took a complicated story and put a contemporary spin on an ancient tale," - Susan Ricci, Author
- "What can I say..... I've been a fan of Author Uvi Poznansky's work for a few years now. She's one of the most prolific writers that I've had the pleasure to read. Whether it's Poetry, Biblical Fiction or Children's books, she is a truly amazing talented writer." - De Ann Townes Jr., Author
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- "Her work is informed by her deep knowledge of the biblical story and commentary, as well as art history and she does a masterful job of weaving the psalms into the story... the richness of her descriptive language, to me, evokes a sense of majesty that seems, well, biblical." Laurel Gord, Author
★ The miracle of Uvi Poznansky's writing is her uncanny ability to return to old stories and make them brilliantly fresh -Grady Harp, Hall of Fame reviewer
From the Author
The series The David Chronicles includes the following novels:
- I: Rise to Power
- II: A Peek at Bathsheba
- III: The Edge of Revolt
- I+II+III: The David Chronicles
- IV: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath
- V: Inspired by Art: Fall of a Giant
- VI: Inspired by Art: Rise to Power
- VII: Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba
- VIII: Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt
- IX: Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine
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Though I knew much about David from my own reading and through sermons, I realized that for the most part, the story of Bathsheba is usually not taught, and especially not discussed. It therefore occurred to me, who early in life, found the King James Version a "bit much" for expecting all people to understand and learn what we were supposedly to learn from the Book. Reading this trilogy in contemporary English, therefore, has been a delight as not only does it cover basic Bible information, but successfully surrounds that basic story with an elaborate setting, dialogue and characters beyond those you may know, and more importantly, as the author decided to do, to show that what was written may be directly applicable to each of us living today...
Here's the thing though, reading these books in contemporary English, allows you to see the good, the bad, and the ugly, of the lives of those who now reside in various books, including the Bible. For instance, we see changes that have occurred culturally that would negate the use of the Bible as a role model... Take for instance, David's love of women--having wives as well as concubines historically found at that time. Somewhere along in history, well after the Bible was published, at least in America, it was decided that one man and one woman should be the basic religious home, directly contradicting the Bible...
But let's look deeper into David and Bathsheba, the two main characters in this book. As recently as this month, in talking about the books I was reading, I was told..."but Bathsheba seduced David..." It was very clear to me that this individual had either been taught, or had molded her opinion of the scripture to suit her thoughts about the type of man David must have been to be considered favored by God...
Yet, for me, the story, as written, made a significant point to me. No matter how much we want to follow God and his guidance, we still are human and fall prey to our own desires. David did desire Bathsheba...so much so, that he gave orders to ensure that Bathsheba's pregnancy was not known, and when that failed, ordered her husband's death...
Could God love us even in failing to follow His word? This story certainly supports that as truth. But what of Bathsheba? Was she guilty? Or was it David who did what it took to fulfill his own lust? And again, Bathsheba--was she able to forget that her lover had not only impregnated her, but then killed her husband to hide their guilt...
As a book reviewer, I realized a long time ago that, as a Christian, we should be able to read and learn from other books about the stories in the Bible and other holy books. If our faith is not strong enough to question, as Thomas did, we should try to understand why that is...
This trilogy is not religious. The story has been translated from Hebrew into Contemporary English that flirts with the American language that many of us do not appreciate, but is certainly reflective of today. Poznansky's research and study of the material is written as if she was writing her own memoir. She knows the material inside and out and has gifted us with an exciting and realistic fictional representation of how David came to take a married woman and then arranged the murder of a woman who had grown to be, perhaps, the only woman he ever really loved... The book is fascinating, thought-provoking, and revelatory... It may be just the book you should read if you've ever questioned why this story is included in holy scriptures...
Highly recommended--and for some it may be a must-read...it was for me...
Told in ‘his own words,’ this story explores David’s torment over his transgression and his desire for redemption. What he lacks, however, is the will to do what’s necessary to redeem himself. The author uses modern language, but the atmosphere of the place and time comes through clearly.
An interesting alternate history of one of the Bible’s most famous figures.
“A Peek at Bathsheba” by Uvi Poznansky is so different from other books I have read. Its a blending of history, non-fiction and fiction. I truly enjoyed the author's style. For the first time in a long time I didnt see grammar issues, run on sentences or typos.
David is a very complex and difficult character to learn about. Here the author takes much of his persona and creates a tale based on some classics. I dont want people to think this is a religious novel. It is much more of a creation based on the King we know as David. Apart from the David I am aware of I learned about some personal tragedy here too. It sort of slides along a thin line of what you think is actual history and what you think is actual fiction. David was a write, an amazing musician, a poet, and so much more.
What I loved was how we see him and his wives, which is a different concept to me. I liked him falling in love. I still find it hard to believe it was a cultural thing to have more than one spouse, but who knows maybe more people should!
IF you want another very well written novel that inspires thinking, then yes grab this one. I think people who like history based reads will just love it. If you like history with a political type undertone, then grab it.