I think your analysis above, and the one in this post represent the same depth of understanding seasoned with the same barely restrained irritation as Mr (or MRS) Garrison's analysis of Evolution.
....... and I think that's funny. lol.
oh and how should one "truly understand" the myths in the bible? Please do elucidate.
The same way we can "truly understand" any literature, particularly old to ancient works: by first identifying what narrative approach is being used, what imagery or terminology is being used by the author(s), and what they mean, and not having an automatic disdain for the material. It''s hard to get the point of Lear if you think that Shakespeare was just a big blowhard who used an unnecessarily complicated Elizabethan language in order to sound deep.
Hey, for what it's worth, I didn't have disdain for the material until I read it, and I read it pretty much the way it's been described here... Guy magically poofed out of dirt, his lady out of his sparerib, a walking talking snake that was really an evil goat man (though GOD didn't know this apparently because he ended up cursing the entire SPECIES of animal instead of his arch-nemesis Super Satan)...
The magic Smartfruit(tm) and the TREE of Smartfruit(tm) and God saying "DONT EAT IT OR U WILL DIE!" and then them not dying and instead being cursed for disobeying even though nobody knew what disobyeing WAS prior to eating the Smartfruit(TM)... Plus all these things like God CREATING man naked which was apparently sinful but nobody knew...
Gah, I can't go on. It's a silly story dude. Even with all the flowerly language. All that room for metaphor; I just don't see it. And when I hear Christians try to use a crowbar to force in some kind of existential meanings it makes me go cross eyed.
"Oh, it wasn't REALLY a talking snake..."
Oh really? So it was just filler text when the god comes back and curses it to crawl on the ground and eat dirt and all of that?
"But snakes don't EAT dirt! It was a metaphor!"
No, it wasn't. Ancient priests thought snakes were eating dirt when they flicked out their tounges. They were not biologists.
Give me a break. And comparing it to SHAKESPEAR is pretty far-out. A Slim-Jim is not a steak, no matter how much A-1 you put on it.