David commits adultery with Bathsheba
David saw Bathsheba bathing from the roof of his palace. He sent for her, slept with her, and found out she was pregnant.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bathe, Bathing
Bathe, Bathing. To cleanse, as with water; to wash oneself. In the Bible the terms “bathing” and “washing” translate, often interchangeably, a number of different words. One OT passage uses one Hebrew word for cleaning clothes, another for washing other objects, including the body (Lv 15:8–12).Palestine’s
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bathe [Heb. rāḥaṣ; Gk. loúō (Jn. 13:10)]; AV also WASH, DIP (Ps. 68:23); NEB also WASH, SPLASHED (Cant. 5:12), DABBLE (Ps. 68:23). The verb “bathe” appears thirty-four times in the RSV. Most of these instances occur in the ceremonial regulations of Lev. 15–17 and Nu. 19, where the Hebrew verb rāḥaṣ,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bathe, Bathing
BATHE, BATHING To cleanse as with water; to wash oneself. In the Bible the terms “bathing” and “washing” translate, often interchangeably, a number of different words. One OT passage uses one Hebrew word for cleaning clothes, another for washing other objects, including the body (Lv 15:8–12).Israel’s
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
bathing. References in the Bible to bathing as a normal human activity include Pharaoh’s daughter bathing in a river (Exod. 2:5), Judith bathing in a spring (Jth. 12:7–8), and Bathsheba bathing in some undisclosed spot where she could be seen from the roof of the king’s house (2 Sam. 11:2). Standard
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bathe, Bathing
BATHE, BATHING. There is no distinction in terminology between bathing and washing only part of the body. References to the former, apart from ritual ablutions, are very limited: Pharaoh’s daughter (Ex 2:5); Bathsheba (2 Sam 11:2, RSV); possibly (Ruth 3:3). The bathing of Naaman (2 Kgs 5:14) and the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Bath, Bathing
BATH, BATHING. Heb. rāhas, occasionally qādaš (e.g. Ex. 19:10, 14, 22) and hizzāh sprinkle. Gk. louōlniptō.The dusty heat of the Middle East made washing desirable. Bathing in rivers or pools was practised by those who lived near them (e.g. Ex. 2:5; 1 Ki. 22:38; 2 Ki. 5:10; Jn. 9:7). Otherwise
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
BathingThe washing in water of the entire body, as opposed to simply the hands, face, or feet (Heb. rāḥaṣ; Gk. loúō).It was in the course of bathing in the Nile River that Pharaoh’s daughter discovered baby Moses in a basket (Exod. 2:5). Moses is said to have “bathed [Aaron and his sons] in water”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bathing. In the warm and dusty climate of the ancient Near East frequent washing was essential, though the scarcity of water generally discouraged taking a complete bath. According to Exod. 2:5 members of Pharaoh’s court customarily bathed themselves in the Nile, but Pharaoh’s own “going out to the water” (7:15;
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Baths And Bathing
BATHS AND BATHINGbiblical period Washing, bathing and immersion were common in ancient religious practice (cf. Lev. 14:18, etc.; John 1:28, etc.). A new-born baby would be bathed before being dressed for the first time (Ezek. 16:4). The primitive conditions of life in the biblical period would hardly
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BATHING In Scripture, bathing was, as now, a matter of personal hygiene (Dan 13:15), but it was also a sign of hospitality, especially washing the feet of travelers (Gen 18:4, 19:2, 24:32, Luke 7:44). Above all, bathing was a means of purification from ritual defilement from contact with something the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Bath Bathing
Bath, Bathing. This was a prescribed part of the Jewish ritual of purification in cases of accident, or of leprous or ordinary uncleanness, Lev. 15; 16:28; 22:6; Num. 19:7, 19; 2 Sam. 11:2, 4; 2 Kings 5:10; as also after mourning, which always implied defilement. Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam. 12:20. The eastern climate
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bathe, Bathing
BATHE, BATHING (Heb. rāḥaṣ). The hot climate of the East, with its abundant dust, made bathing a constant necessity for the preservation and invigoration of health. This natural necessity was greatly furthered among the Israelites by the religious purifications enjoined by the law. For although these
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2 Sa 11:1–5

It came about in the spring, at the time kings go out, David sent Joab and his servants with him and all of Israel. They ravaged all of the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David was remaining in Jerusalem. It happened late one afternoon …

1 Ch 20:1

And it happened that in the spring time of year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led the troops of the army and destroyed the land of the Ammonites. And he came and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah and destroyed it. …

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