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Why did Kate keep reading 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12 in the Bible? Mm11

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Post by Tony Bennett on 13.09.11 0:14

Why did Kate keep reading 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12 in the Bible?

The first thing to say is that I don’t think Dr Kate McCann has ever admitted to reading this Bible passage, that was just a working assumption from the Portuguese Police.

The Portuguese Police, when they visited the McCanns’ villa in early August 2007, discovered among other things a Bible, with one very crumpled page in it. The crumpled page consisted of two Old Testament chapters, 2nd Book of Samuel, Chapters 11 & 12. The significance for the Portuguese Police was that these two chapters contained a tragic but fascinating account of a dead child. It was suggested that the fact that it appeared that the page had perhaps been re-read by Dr Kate McCann many times, and concerned a dead child, suggested that perhaps Madeleine had also died - and that Dr McCann was looking for a message of consolation, perhaps one of hope. And indeed, in a roundabout way, there is (sort of) a message of hope in these two chapters.

First, an introduction to the main players in this mini-saga:

King David, King of Israel, who reigned form 40 years from around 1,077 B.C. to 1,037 B.C.

Uriah the Hittite, one of King David’s leading soldiers

Uriah’s beautiful wife, Bathsheba

Nathan, an Old Testament prophet

A baby who died only one week old

Another baby who became one of the most famous kings who ever lived: King Solomon.

I’ve added the entire account of these two chapters below, with the highlights in red.

The story:

It is spring, the time - in those days - ‘when kings went to war’, after the winter. The Israelites were having trouble with the Ammonites, the descendants of one of Lot’s children. On this occasion, the Israelites won.

After this victory, King David was walking around his rooftop garden and spied a beautiful woman below - Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, the Hittites being descended, it is thought, from Heth.

The next part of the story is shocking, but not altogether unfamiliar. King David fancied her, they got together, then a few weeks later, Bathsheba tells the King: I’m pregnant. King David then successfully plots to get rid of Uriah by placing him in the front line of battle. Uriah is killed. Bathsheba mourns. Later she and King David marry and their child is born.

David is visited by Nathan the prophet and is told that God is angry. King David repents and confesses his sin - but the couple are punished. They are told their newborn son will die – and he does die, 7 days old.

But - and this is the hopeful aspect to this tale - King David and his now-legal wife went on to have another child, naming him ‘Solomon’. He subsequently became King Solomon, a King so famous in his time that the Queen of Sheba travelled all the way from Africa to meet him.

It is easy to see why a mother who has lost a child might find comfort in those two chapters. Out of a hugely tragic story, some good did come in the end.

Dr Kate McCann does not discuss her reading these two chapters in her recent book, ‘madeleine’.

On 9 September 2007, the Sunday Mirror included this passage in its article about Madeleine:


Kate McCann gave this interview to The Sunday Mirror on Friday morning, hours before being made an arguida - official suspect - in the Madeleine inquiry.


The passage of the Holy Bible that fascinated Portuguese police came from The Old Testament. In Samuel, Book 2, Chapter 12, Verses 15-19, David's child is stricken with illness after he "scorns" the Lord.

David fasts for seven days, refusing to get up off the ground, to try and gain redemption - but eventually his child dies.

His servants have a dilemma as to whether to tell him as they are afraid that "he may do himself some harm". Eventually he guesses.

Police took Kate's Bible away because they said the page with the passage on was crumpled - evidence that she had been reading it.


The Times on 21 September wrote this:


What evidence can be found in Mrs McCann’s Bible?

Mrs McCann, a devout Roman Catholic, claims that police told her that a crumpled page in her Bible was evidence that she was involved in the death of her daughter. The page contained a passage from Samuel II, chapter 12, verses 15-19, which recalls how man’s child is stricken with illness after he “scorns” the Lord.

The man fasts for seven days, refusing to get up off the ground, to try to gain redemption - but eventually his child dies. Mrs McCann claims that detectives told her that damage to the page proved she had been reading it.


The Daily Mail on 24 October 2007 wrote that this was one of 14 key questions that Dr Kate McCann needed to answer:

“Why did Kate McCann, who is Catholic, mark a passage in the Bible which talks about the death of a child?”

A Vanity Fair article on 10 January 2008 reported:

"Then the police went over a passage from the borrowed Bible found in Kate’s villa: verses in the second Book of Samuel, Chapter 12. The page containing the passage was crumpled. The verses in question deal with the illness and death of King David’s child, a tragedy that occurs after David “scorned the Lord.” Obviously such a page had meaning for her, the police said".

The McCanns said a friend had loaned them a Bible to read.

See also:

Here is the full account, from the King James’ version of the Bible, first printed 400 years ago this year:


1: And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2: And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and
from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3: And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this
Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4: And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her
; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

6: And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
7: And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
8: And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
9: But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
10: And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
11: And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
12: And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
13: And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
14: And
it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15: And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
16: And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
17: And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and
Uriah the Hittite died also
18: Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
19: And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
20: And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
21: Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
22: So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
23: And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.
24: And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
25: Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.
26: And
when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.

27: And
when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.


1: And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2: The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4: And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5: And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8: And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10: Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11: Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12: For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14: Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
15: And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
16: David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17: And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19: But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20: Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
21: Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
22: And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23: But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
24: And David comforted Bath-sheba 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.
25: And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
26: And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city.
27: And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
28: Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my name.
29: And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.
30: And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
31: And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.

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Post by dragonfly on 13.09.11 0:37

Who knows what the other reading material was called ? not the book The Interpretation of Murder, The other psychic book by the bed It was one of those psychics who think they can communicate to the dead, Does any one know what the Psychic book was called?


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