Wow. Just wow.
Most of the bible is a history told by people living in lands occupied by conquering superpowers. It is a book written from the underside of power. It’s an oppression narrative. The majority of the Bible was written by a minority people living under the rule and reign of massive, mighty empires, from the Egyptian empire to the Babylonian empire to the Persian empire to the Assyrian empire to the Roman empire.
This can make the bible a very difficult book to understand if you are reading it as a citizen of the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. Without careful study and reflection, and humility, it may even be possible to miss central themes of the scriptures.
Thanks to Michael Danner for passing this one along.