So true, Ms. A. Your essay got me to think about a lot of things and I thank you for it. It’s weird — there are genuinely spiritual passages in the OT, but they’re slim pickings. It seems more like a great system of controlling people. Looking at Shamanism and religions which are not monotheist, I don’t see this ridiculous fear/hatred of women. That’s a sticking point with me. And you’re so right — almost certainly, none of it happened that way. We critique journalism in real time these days, imagine what it was like then? I can’t believe it’s the “word” of anyone other than real human beings, some of them, perhaps, sh*t-faced.
Btw, the feedback page on your amazing website (nice work!) doesn’t work, I got re-directed to someone else’s page when I hit “send”. Just so’s yer know. I wanted to shower you in admiration. All my best! Skol!