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Why is Bat-sheva bat Eliam called Bat-shua bat Amiel in Divrei Hayamim 1:3:5?

The commentaries Sefaria brings merely state that the names (both Bat-sheva/Bat-shua and Eliam/Amiel) are interchangeable, but what's the reason for the name change?


Note: I'm aware that this can be asked about several other people in Tanach who have name changes. I'm wondering specifically about Bat-sheva.

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    I'm not holding but searching Otzar HaChochmah shows me that Seder HaDoros, seemingly quoting the Rema MiPano, understands that Yehudah's wife Bas Shua is Bas Sheva. I think he means Bas Sheva is a gilgul of Yehuda's wife. He says that the same scandal that happened with Dovid and Bas Sheva happened with Yehuda and Tamar. Not really following...but I guess this is all learned out from your verse. – robev Jul 16 '20 at 18:10
  • Why assume gilgul? Perhaps there was a story akin to Poe's The Spectacles? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spectacles_(short_story) – user6591 Jul 16 '20 at 19:03
  • @robev interesting direction. Yes, Seder Ha'dorot is filled with interpretations of who's a gilgul of whom. – Harel13 Jul 16 '20 at 19:04
  • @user6591 I read the summary and the themes, but I'm not catching on. What sort of story are you imagining might have happened? – Harel13 Jul 16 '20 at 19:40
  • @Harel13 Just a joke. Don't think too hard about it. – user6591 Jul 16 '20 at 19:48

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