Nathan; the Wise King’s Intercession for Black Women 960 B.C. Bathsheba-------------------------------------Beersheba Bathshuah-------------------------------------Shuthelah the Shunammite girl------------------------a Shulamite girl Joshua [Joshuah, Jehoshuah]------------- Yehoshuah Sheba, Raamah-Cush-Ham Sheba------------Shuah ----------------Shu-------------means------------ BLACK The fact that modern film makers have Blasphemed the Bible concerning the dominant presence of ancient Black people, however frustrating it may be, should be of no surprise today. As Solomon once said, “there is no new thing under the sun” [ECC 1:9]. In fact, even this very wise king, Solomon, of whom has been written about concerning his origins and his own ‘Black presence’ has been mis-represented in today’s films as well! Because we have been educated from the slave yard, perhaps we have not been able to recognize that even in ancient times, there has been major governmental movements in which aggressive attempts were made by white people, to blot out the history and presence of significant ancient Black people and these movements were executed over long periods of time. This process of falsehoods has been transferred through many forms of Idolatry and shows one of the dangers of this form of worship. One major example of the negative outcome of Idolatry would be during a time period known as ‘the Age of Democracy’; the birth of a Representative form of government, and the very word, DEMOCRACY, reveals the process. During this time in history in the 400s B.C., certain white Greek peoples launched several projects, one of which was when they began to sculpt figures of ancient black idols using white material. In other words, they made ‘A DEMO’ of every major ancient black idol in white and some were given alternate names. For example, Imhotep became known as ‘Asclepios’. In addition, major buildings began to be constructed or painted in white matter as well and this activity spread like a fever all throughout the Greek world. It gradually became an acceptable notion byway of the aboriginal Greeks, to welcome different representations for certain more ancient figures. Unbeknownst to the Black Greeks too, major leagues were formed in this city-state system to undercut them and by the time that they realized what had actually occurred, it was too late to reverse the mindset of the masses. Representative coins began to be made in duplicates, one for the White Greeks and one for the Black Greeks. For example, Athena, was caste in profile with European features while Aphrodite (Afro deity) was caste in profile with African features and with a head wrap. But Athena, the goddess of hunt, actually stems from a very early ancient Black goddess of Thebes, ‘Nieth-of-the-crossbow-and-the-shield’ of whom became elevated during the pre-flood times known as ‘the Thinite Period’, a time when Seth people began to fight back against Asiatic supremacy. By the time that the more dominant Black Greeks such as the Spartan Dorians became aware of their own vulnerability, the Athenians had formed a strong defensive force to deal with them. Division was promoted between the many Black Greek city-states and, by and by, the Black Greeks were no more. Their days of domination had been totally subdued. So even though today, we may have become so inundated with ‘white actors and actresses’ playing ancient Biblical roles, it might be expedient to read and research the words, because behind many white faces will be Black History, covered up. And the story of the beautiful Bathsheba happens to be one such a story. Aside from the fact that white film makers have covered up this story of a beautiful ‘Black skinned’ woman byway of white women actresses playing her role, Bathsheba’s story actually carries a much deeper meaning in which sheds a lot of light on a significant ancient conflict that has plagued ancient Black women in power. The very name of Bathsheba, also written in the Bible as ‘Bathshuah’ means ‘Black’ and goes back to an even earlier time and up through thousands of years in which its meaning has always been linked to ‘the color of black’. Both of the names ‘Sheba’ and ‘Shua’ [var. Shu or Shuah] means black as in the words ‘Beersheba’ [Blackwell] and ‘Joshuah’ [Jehoshuah]. While white America have spent much time on their implementation of a negative portrayal of Bathsheba of which has been affectively projected in Black Churches, on the other hand, they caste seductive scenes of a white woman in a film bathing on the rooftop for Richard Gere to feast his eyes upon. While many a Black Church women* speak ill of Bathsheba for ‘causing king David to see her beauty’, we have been conditioned to overlook the Bible account of Bathsheba’s total innocence in this act of passion. The Bible lays the crime solely at ‘the Red Abra-Hamitic’ king’s feet. If we can accept White America’s envy of the Black skinned women, perhaps we can move on to a catharsis of which happens to be in the very scriptures that concerns the very son of Bathseba; Nathan. Solomon ( also known as Nathan and Jedidiah) took the time to write about the jealousy and envy that beautiful Black girls have endured even amongst their own kind. As a son of Bathsheba, the object of king David’s folly, would he not have experienced some hardships in the royal house as he grew up? How did the other queens of David respond towards the sudden situation of the presence of Bathsheba? According to the Bible, David tarried one day while his forces went out and he saw Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah-the-Hittite, bathing on the rooftop during the time of day in which was customary for women to do this. Then he sent for her and well . . . he was the king! Soon after, she sent word to David that she was pregnant and he subsequently tried to cover up his sin of adultery. David finally submitted to his sin when he was confronted by Nathan-the-priest, Solomon’s namesake. By the time that Solomon was born, David had brought Bathsheba into the royal family because her husband, Uriah, had been slain in battle. Additionally, she had at least three other sons for David before the birth of Solomon, one of which was also named ‘Nathan’. It was not until David was old that he revealed ‘in script’ that he had a vision that his fourth son of Bathsheba, Nathan, was to be called ‘Solomon’; the king of peace. Also around this time of David’s death, some of the hardship that Solomon endured surfaced when the throne of David was in dispute byway of another son of David named Adonijah. And it would be this very story that reveals an ancient foil and a deeper issue that has existed amongst ancient Black women of distinction. The name of David’s queen Haggith, and his son from her, Adonijah, reveal a cultural link to the ethnic presence of the east in both their names and in a custom that sparked Solomon to anger. The scriptures reveal that Adonijah had been favored by many in Israel to be the next king upon the death of David but much to his dismay, David anointed Solomon as the rightful heir to the throne. He was ‘Nathan’ meaning, ‘Sent by God’. Not soon after David’s death and Solomon took his position, in 960 B.C., Adonijah approached Bathsheba and asked her to request that Solomon give to him, Abishag [Abis-hag] a Shunammite girl. This young virgin girl was earlier selected to lay next to David before his death to warm his body when he was old. Bathsheba then speaks to Solomon, her son, the King of Israel, about this girl after he bows to his mother and prepares a throne for her to sit on his right side as the High Queen of Israel. She tells Solomon to give Adonijah, this Shunammite girl to wife . . . and here in lies a great mystery; a deep seated emotion that did exist amongst some significant ancient Black women and also . . . their possession of ‘the me syndrome’! Had it not been for the wisdom of Nathan the king, the fate of this young black girl was at the mercy and envy of an older Black woman of whom should have been more compassionate towards youth and innocence. Unlike the eastern ways, the Chosen People of the living God, were not blessed to have a ‘Matriarchal government’ and, Bathsheba was approached by Adonijah to do just that. He played to her arrogance and the history of matriarchal governments. Bathsheba did not try to boss King David, why then did she think she had the right to make a puppet of her own son, Nathan, the son of David!? Both David and Solomon caused the elevation of the beautiful black woman, the original creation of God, to be the central focus of the world and for what purpose!? The very reason why ancient women were judged for taking supreme positions over a government lies in the very repetition that was revealed in the very act of Bathsheba! The hope of all Black people and especially young black women would have been crushed. Had Solomon obeyed his mother and Adonijah, he would have been destroyed and Bathsheba would have been as well for, she would have eventually given her soul completely over to the will of Haggith! But, Adonijah was no match for Solomon. Howbeit, the end of this story rest in the prophecy of the Old Testament prophets that came after Solomon and in the New Testament books. Unfortunately for Bathsheba, her end seems worse than her beginning for, the apostle Matthew [ST MATTHEW 1:6] records her in such a way to suggest that she was written out of the Book of Life. However, she was not guilty of being beautiful but for possessing a nature of supremacy against other women of her own likeness, a deep rooted sin that has been so well hidden. But however, Jeremiah prophesized that one day there would be a time in which ‘a women does encompass a man’. John-the-Revelator also reveals other mysteries concerning women. According to prophesy, there will be a new kind of woman that exist today as never before. More importantly, Jesus Christ, himself speaks to the deliverance of women from the yoke of the past with regards to the unequal judgments put against us from our own men kind, even Solomon. For in his later years, he was written to follow after strange women and strange customs that were not of God-the-Creator. Solomon received a statue of himself from the east as ‘Chemosh’ [var. Kemet, Charchemish...] and in turn, he allowed them to put up idols of white women in Israel as well such as idols of Milcom [white-Gomer]. Unlike David, Solomon had Hittite queens of which he elevated to be at the same level as his ethnic queens and these happenings were written to eventually cause the downfall of Israel. However, the scripture that Solomon wrote in respect to Black women are very beneficial but, they have been meticulously and deliberately covered up behind slave yard education and white faces and this has prevented, a catharsis; a cleansing process. THE SONG of songs, which is Solomon’s. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? SONG OF SOLOMON 1:1-7. The Story of Solomon, Adonijah & Bathsheba- I KINGS 2:13-25, Judah and Shuah, GENESIS 38:2 Non his son, Jehoshuah, I CHRONICLES 7:27 Richard Gere, Alice Krige as Bathsheba- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089420/ Gregory Peck,Susan Haywood as Bathsheba - http://www.amazon.com/David-Bathshe...E0M4/ref=pd_bxgy_d_text_b/190-3712691-9271600 Gino Cervi, Leonora Ruffo as Bathsheba - http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Sheba-Leonora-Ruffo/dp/B000065AZ7 Yule Brynner, as Solomon - http://www.amazon.com/Solomon-Sheba-VHS-Yul-Brynner/dp/6303050050 http://www.goddess-athena.org/Museum/Coins/index.htm http://www.greek-islands.us/greek-gods/aphrodite/ *I am drawing upon my own experiences in the presence of several Black Church congregations and also white (!) when the story of Bathsheba became the topic of Bible Study and sermons.