The Bible: Literal or Literary?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how Christians read the Bible.

I grew up in—and, in many ways, am still part of—a religious community that reads the Bible literally. According to them, the Bible is God’s Word. Every syllable is literal and true and can be objectively verified. They celebrate every time a new archaeological discovery is made that confirms biblical events.

But there are problems with always reading the Bible in this way.
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