In view of the academic debate on whether David raped Bathsheba, this article takes a new
approach to 2 Sam 11-12. Using narrative analysis, it reinterprets 2 Sam 11-12 with the Hebrew
biblical definition of rape in mind. This new approach reveals that some of the opposing views
of exegetes on this pericope are caused by the imposition of todayâs definition of rape upon the
narrative of 2 Sam 11-12. Our conclusion questions, on the one hand, the basis upon which
some scholars suggest that David raped Bathsheba. Are they talking about âbiblical-rapeâ or are
they using a contemporary concept of rape to judge the Hebrew bible? On the other hand, it
disagrees with those scholars who accuse Bathsheba of seducing David for whatever motive.