In the eleventh chapter of II Samuel this week, the teachers begin one of the most famous, and controversial, “love stories” in all of Scripture: David and Bathsheba.

And while there has been no shortage of speculation, midrash, and argument over the elements of the story that are, perhaps at best, “ambiguous,” there is also so much here that helps to enhance our understanding of the man who, in spite of his flaws, is called “a man after God’s own heart,” and his role in the line of the Meshiach.