The Value of Irrelevant Details in the Bible
by Freddie Klein
Lets say, for the sake of example, that I was stranded on the proverbial desert island. This island, however, is special because I am not entirely cut off from the outside world. I have a few books at my disposal. In this small library, there are several books labeled history, and a few books labeled fiction. Among these books, I find an outlier, the Bible. It is not labeled fiction or fact. As I turn through the pages, I recognize several names and places that also correspond with my books of history. How could I, in this hypothetical situation, have greater confidence in my ability to discern fact from fiction in this literary work? What tools would help me know that the Bible is factual work like a book of history?
Proverbial islands aside, by looking at the content itself, there are several ways we might determine whether any literary document is telling the truth or not. One such tool is known as irrelevant or incidental details…