Can you think of other movies that remind you of Bathsheba’s story?
Film study: political intrigue
Stage 1: Make up a list
List some films about politics. You can choose recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
The Farmer’s Daughter, Loretta Young
1. Have you chosen films that are realistic, showing the nitty-gritty of politics, or do you prefer films that are inspiring/uplifting?
2. Do your favorites have both these qualities?
3. What does this say about you and what you need to believe about politics?
Stage 3: Choose your favorite
1. What are the central questions in this film?
Absolute Power, Judy Davis
2. Is the politician/political situation shown in a realistic light?
3. Do any of the scenes remind you of recent events?
4. Or does the film portray politicians as we would like them to be?
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Bathsheba sends the letter to David, Jan Steen
1. What are the most interesting moments in Bathsheba’s story?
2. In the story, who speaks and who listens? Who acts? Who gets what they want? If you were in the story, which person would you want to be friends with? Which person would you want to avoid?
3. What is happening on either side of the story, in the chapters before and after it? Does this help you understand what is happening?
4. The narrator/editor has chosen to tell some things and leave other things out. What has been left out of the story that you would like to know?
5. Are the characteristics and actions of the people in the story still present in the world? How is the story relevant to modern life, especially your own?
Reconstruction of the Temple of Solomon
Details of the Palace of Solomon where Bathsheba lived in her old age can be found in 1 Kings 7.
As well as the throne room, it contained the royal apartments. Here the harem lived in a separate area surrounding an interior courtyard. It was a magnificent building, decorated with costly Lebanese cedar, gold, bronze and ivory.
The Temple of Solomonhas completely vanished, but it is still possible to estimate the details of its construction.