A Nonbeliever’s Case for the Bible: How a Secular Reading of Scripture Enlarges Our Experience of Beauty, Morality, and Transcendence

„The special virtue of the biblical myth is its recognition of the ineluctability of human suffering and the possibility of human speech: from the first chapter, the metaphors of the Bible speak to our knowledge of mortality, and they do so by offering us a still-unrivaled cast of characters. They show us recognizable people making recognizable cries. Moses and Aaron, brothers at war; Saul and David, flawed king and pure protégé; David and Absalom – „would to God I had died for thee“ – Esther and Solomon and poor cowardly Peter and Jesus himself, arrogant and humbled. No book has ever had more men and women within it. A desert religion, a dark universe of pain into which the light of justice or mercy occasionally breaks, and in which we find small shadowed stations of poetry or nativity to comfort us. Made by men and women, the Bible is populated by people. That’s what makes it, and leaves it, an open book“Adam Gopnik in „The Good Book“