Bathsheba - Biblical Power Player
Despite what you may have learned in Sunday school, Bathsheba was not naive and innocent. In fact, she was a power player in the Israelite royal court.
Power over the gods: Egyptian Magic as Technology
In Pharaoh's time, magic was advanced technology. The idea that court magicians could manipulate the gods gave them a sense of power and contempt for the common folk. That attitude is prevalent today.