- Why did everyone start to hate the Russians if the U.S. did the same thing in Afghanistan, Iraq?
- What needs to be corrected in the management of Russia first?
- Why did Blaise Pascal become a religious man at the end of his life?
- How do I know if a guy likes you?
- When they say "one generation", how many do they mean?
Because it is made up of a lot of sources (various manuscripts, lists, works), which are, in fact, the literary heritage of the Jewish people. And there are also a huge number of apocrypha – other books that are not accepted in the main part of the Bible. After all, this is not a series from one author or an encyclopedia from the compiler, it is precisely a collection of works, many of which themselves, in turn, are made up of different versions of basic myths. Like Genesis, for example. There are already many layers in the first chapters. God is sometimes one, sometimes they are Gods (Elohim is plural), He creates man, then rests on the seventh day, then creates man again, more details. When Adam and Eve are cast out, there are already people in the world (from whom Cain hides), also later there are some sons of God who take human daughters as wives, giants appear (apparently, children of the sons of God from human women), etc.
Well, the other parts are divided more by topic than by chronology. Prophecies and parables.
The fact is that the Bible is not a linear narrative of one author (although, as we Christians believe, it has the same Inspiration and Co-author of all authors), it is a small collection of books (ta biblia in Greek – “books”) by different authors, on different topics and at different times written. Only a few of them are historical narratives; in addition, there are books that describe the same story or time in different ways – for example, the four Gospels, the first books of the New Testament. They are not historical chronicles like the books of Kings in the Old Testament, but they tell us about several years of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the God of Christians – in different language, from different points of view, with different chronology and completeness. In addition, this small book collection has been formed for many centuries, and until now representatives of different Christian movements and different religions have different versions of the Bible in terms of composition and volume: for example, among Jews, the Bible is only the part that Christians call the Old Testament; during the first four centuries of Christianity's existence, there were disputes about how certain parts of the Bible fit their general spirit, etc. So just take into account the complexity of the structure of the Book of Books, its insubordination to banal linear thinking, the variety of topics of its constituent parts-and enjoy.