I don't mind that so many people feel that it must be taken literally but it seems to me that that approach misses so much of the richness of the text.
Welcome Plain Jane,
I agree. But what are your thoughts on original sin? If Adam and Eve, the tree, and the talking snake are allegorical- what does this mean for sin? What about souls? Are those concepts allegory as well? And if it is, what does this mean for the Jesus character in the New Testament? Where does the metaphorical view end and the literalism begin?