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If I were not a Christian, I would still enjoy the Old Testament literature very much. I would still understand how much it tells us about the ancient world, its customs, beliefs, etc. But I would not accord it any more honor than I do the Illiad. Of course, I am a fan of Homer, too...

Welcome to the forum Jane.

I don't think that there are many people here who would disagree with you.  The OT is a complex, fascinating document, which speaks volumes about the customs and values of an ancient society.

Where I think you will find disagreement is if you present the God of the OT as representing values that most of us would embrace.  I think that most of us who have read the OT find the God to be violent and petty. 
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magicmiles Like Zannuku, your courteous approach shines bright May 02, 2012, 05:13:52 PM