So we should treat the bible as a fallible document?
One shouldn't assume human inerrancy about any book.
The Bible was written by humans.
We believe it contains
the Word of God. E.g. the Gospels. All of it is certainly not "the Word of God" literally like Muslims claim the Qu'ran is, but all of it is inspired by God (theopneustos
). What we call 'divine inspiration' is on a totally different level than logic consistency or historical objectivity: a parable can be divinely inspired even if it is mere fiction; so can stories or (intentionally/unintentionally) pseudo-historical accounts. It's not like some evil genius contrived to cheat you into believing what you read and then you'll be a sucker if you fall for it.
Take every book for what it is, if you care to study how it originated. But do not reduce
it to the bare literal meaning in its own historical context, if you wish to understand its spiritual relevance as Divine
Scripture for the Fathers, the Saints and members of the Church from all ages and all parts of the world.
You can begin to see how it's divinely
inspired only if you allow the text to absorb all your world, if you begin to live
by the "stories". Only then can you see it both as alive and larger than life:
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Is this self-suggestion, psychological brain-washing, mystification, wishful thinking? Try and see. Otherwise you'll just count the inconsistencies and dismiss it as "OT dubiousness", forever pestering well-meaning forumists with flippant questions and prickly witticisms. There's a fundamental lack of bona fides
in your attitude so far.