The Bible is the word of God. The Bible is Revelation. The Bible need not be interpreted or allegorical, no, as God being God does not need men to interpret His word. Indeed, who is man to think for God, to interpret for HIM? What nerve. The bible is canonized by both Jews (Old testament) and Catholics, before most schisms, both Old and new testaments. Canonized means it is saintly and therefore it is IT, The word of God. Catechism, Vatican II confirms it, articles 115 and 116,I believe.<quoted text>
I took a course in College "the Bible as literature". Much like studying Shakespeare, focused on the events of the day, the author of the respective Books, the intended audience and what could be expected / discerned as far as intended message. It was very interesting, but for some reason a couple of the "literal interpretation" crowd also took the course and they nearly went into seizures with every page turn
I suspect that - if alive - they are both institutionalized or part of Westborough B (or some similar den)- and most certainly 9-11 Truthers and Birfoons
Scholars, theologians, started to give it allegorical interpretations when modern science and mostly gradual education of the faithful revealed that many passages in the holy scriptures could not support the test of time, some being totally ridiculous in today's context. Some will say, well, the writers expressed what they saw based on their "époque", or according to context of that period. Sorry, that does not fly as these writers' hand, it is said, were guided by God or the Holy Spirit for whom there is no such thing as "period", how can there be?
When one reads the Bible, specially the Old Testament, which is, like it or not, the word of God, and if one has one grain of intelligence, one soon realizes that so many passages just do not hold water. This is why most Christians, up to not long ago, were forbidden to read the Bible - surprisingly, many priests have never fully read it. What I'm saying now is NOT a denial of the existence of God or a supreme being. Rather, it is a huge doubt in MEN that have created so many myths and, we see immediately upon reading the Holy Book, see Moses, that God is blamed for every evil thing perpetrated by his "flock". Yes, God is the evil prophets' crutch. Like the insane who kill and say "God spoke to me, made me do it". We still have them today.