I don’t mean in the “The Bible has no relevance today” kind of way… let me explain.
I’ve been reading my way through The Brick Testament (I mean, it’s The Bible illustrated with Lego! I don’t think it gets much cooler than that…) Anyhoo, there’s a lot of irrelevant or trivial information contained within The Bible
To give an example: In the book of Mark, which describes Judas’ betrayl of Jesus at the Mount of Olives, there’s a passage which mentions that after Jesus was arrested, the mob was followed by some guy in a linen cloth. The mob takes his cloth and he runs away. Great, but what on earth does that have to do with anything?
Another example: In the initial confrontation between Jesus & Co and the Angry Mob, Simon cuts off someone’s ear with a sword- and the now earless person is specifically named, despite only being in the story for a few moments. Again, interesting, but why name the person? The way it’s done makes out he’s important in some way, but he’s not- he’s just someone who got his ear cut off by one of Jesus’ mates.
The whole Bible is full of this sort of thing- trivial irrelevancies regarding people who waved hello to Moses as he went for a swim in the Nile, the colour of the ground or rocks in places where it serves no useful purpose to mention it, the number of Camels in a trading caravan, and so on- yet I really can’t understand why.
I realise The Bible was written by many people at different periods (all long after Jesus and everyone else concerned with the events therein had died), but it just seems odd that no-one said “Look, all this ‘so and so was the brother in law of Mathias the Horse Trader’ is fascinating, but really, the guy just sold Jesus an amphora of wine… do we really need to name him and give his complete geneology as well?” when they were doing it.
I’m not going into all the contradictions therein (this sort of thing has been covered over and over and over again for the last 2000 years or so), but since I’m obviously I’m no Biblical Scholar, perhaps someone here might be able to come up with some ideas or an elaboration…