The Bible is the foundational text of Jews and Christians, containing what adherents believe to be the revealed word of God. Although it begins with an account of the creation of the world, ends with a startling account of the world's demise, and roughly catalogs a series of events from the Fall in the Garden of Eden to the life and teachings of Jesus and his early followers, it is not rightly understood as a unified narrative. Rather, it is a series of stories, poems, aphorisms, prophetic soliloquies, and ...

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