2: Excerpt of the story of David and Bathsheba, Samuel 11:2 – 11:5.
An excerpt from the biblical story that depicts the relationship between David and Bathsheba. In the story, David sees Bathsheba bathing on the roof, impregnates her, and arranges for her husband to die on the battlefield.
Suggested Activity: See resource #1. If you have more time, ask students to choose another Biblical story they are familiar with, to re-read it, and to compose a poem or song using characters from that story. Like Cohen’s song, the piece they compose does not have to remain true to the original story – it should use the story as a starting place and transform into something new.
Source: Berlin, Adele, Marc Zvi Brettler, and Michael A. Fishbane. 2004. The Jewish Study Bible: Jewish Publication Society Tanakh Translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.