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Was Solomon’s mother a descendant of Ham? This might be hard for many to accept, but the evidence points to the very fact that Bathsheba was not a Hebrew. If you’ve already read my previous article, Uriah: Bathsheba’s African Husband and David’s Mighty Man, then you know that Bathsheba was originally married to a black man from the line of Ham.
Tracing Bathsheba’s Lineage
Although we are not told directly that Bathsheba is a Hamite, we can actually trace her heritage through her grandfather Ahithophel (David’s African counselor). In 2 Samuel 11:3 we are told that Bathsheba’s father is Eliam, but it isn’t until 2 Samuel 23 that we find out that Bathsheba’s grandfather is a Gilonite.
“Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,” – 2 Samuel 23:34
The Gilonites were named for their city of Giloh (Joshua 15), and were one of several Canaanite tribes that were not expelled from Judah’s portion of the land. Some of the survivors lived together with the tribe of Judah and even married into the tribe.
Was Bathsheba Gilonite or Tribe of Judah?
There is some debate as to whether Bathsheba was from the tribe of Judah or if she was a Gilonite. Those that claim that she had to be a Hebrew because Judah took over the land, are sadly mistaken. The first thing we need to understand is that not all of Canaan’s inhabitants were killed when Israel invaded. The survivors of the invasion lived among the Hebrews. Here are some examples directly from scripture:
“There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle.” – Joshua 11:19
“As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.” – Joshua 15:63
Another incorrect teaching is that the Israelites remained separate from the tribes that did survive, which means that Bathsheba must have been Hebrew. Once again, we can prove from the Bible that not only did they not stay separate, but the married each other.
“And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.” – Judges 3:5-6
The only way this would’ve been possible was if Joshua left survivors after the Israelites invaded Canaan. Based on the above facts, we have to take the Bible at face value when it tells us that Bathsheba was of Gilonite lineage, and that Uriah was a Hittite. There is no reason to believe otherwise.
Bathsheba’s Husband Uriah The Hittite
Bathsheba makes here entrance into the story as the wife of a Hittite that also happens to be one of David’s mighty men.
“And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” – 2 Samuel 11:3
Once again, based on the information above, there is no reason to believe that Uriah was a Hebrew because scripture is more than clear that at least some of the Hittites survived the invasion.
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The Hittites were the descendants of Heth… one of the sons of Canaan, who was the son of Ham, the father of the African nations. After David sleeps with Bathsheba and gets her pregnant, he attempts to trick Uriah into sleeping with Bathsheba to cover up the pregnancy. When that doesn’t work, David has Uriah set up to be killed during battle.
Because of the adultery, God curses the child conceived adultery to die. But after a brief mourning period, David and Bathsheba had a second child by the name of Solomon:
“And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.” – 2 Samuel 12:24
This may also explain a very important part of King Solomon’s description. King Solomon: The Hebrew Son of An African Woman.