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Well, whatever Adonijah's precise motives (to save face? ), in the world of ancient royal politics, his desire for his father's concubine was no 'small matter' (remember Absalom, 2 Sam. 20-23). And Bathsheba, herself a victim of royal lust, knows this better than most and doubtless knows that Solomon knows this too. Although an influential queen mother, Bathsheba must still operate shrewdly in a man's world. So she baits Solomon and rouses his indignation against his rival brother. Adonijah dies, and Abishag disappears from the story.
186-90. 63. J. Schaberg, 'The Foremothers and the Mother of Jesus', Concilium 206 (1989), pp. 112-19(114). g. the Psalmist's affirmation: 'You knit me together in my mother's womb', Ps. 13). 64 Among various problems plaguing Schaberg's correlation of Jesus' genealogy and conception is the fact that Mary appears as a completely passive figure, a non-subject: 'she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit' (Mt. 18). As such she is the polar opposite of the four pro-active Old Testament women.
This is the only full-fledged story focusing on Judah that appears in Genesis,1 an odd fact given that the survivors of the exile, the ones who 1. Judah does play a role in the Joseph story, but Joseph remains the primary focus of the narrative in Gen. 37-50. Moreover, the placement of Gen. 38 right in the middle of stories devoted to Joseph has been puzzling to readers at least since medieval times; see Judah Goldin, 'The Youngest Son or Where Does Genesis 38 Belong', JBL 96 (1977), pp. 27-44 (27), in which he shows that Rashi and Ibn Ezra saw Gen.