I never understood how people could take a verse, set it aside and say, ‘See See! This proves [x]’.
If you don’t take it holistically, the point’s been missed. This includes Bible literalists and detractors .
I’m agnostic but I’ve got nothing against the Bible.
I read through the Bible. Once I did a “Bible in a year” thing as a teenager and in my early 20s, I found the most readable Bible. They took out all the redundancy and told the stories. Shrunk it down tremendously and it made for an interesting, readable text.
“Readers Digest Condensed version”