I am taking myself through the exercise of trying to understanding the various types of literary genres that are contained in the Bible. I think if I had read this book before I read "How to read the Bible as Literature", it would have fared better. But I read it after, and so it seemed to suffer with too much "extra" stuff. I'm all for imagining what it might have been like for different people in the Bible to live where and when they did, but I got rather tired of his ongoing description of Pilate as a chain smoking fat cat politician. I'm afraid I should put this in the "I skimmed it" section, instead of "I read it".