My approach to scripture, you probably have guessed, is not that of someone trained by the biblical scholarship critical fellowship. I studied under them as you all did, too. I managed not to think too much about them, because I didn't think much of them. When I was in seminary a number of us got together and wrote a series of four-line doggerel verses on the result of biblical criticism as we were receiving it when applied to the scriptures. I can only remember one of those stanzas: Of wilderness wanderings, there'd not be so many; of Abraham's stories, we dare say, not any. The words of our Lord would no longer be dark, and they'd all be contained in six verses of Mark.
Capon, Robert Farrar, "The Bible as One Story: Images as the Holy Spirit's Device for Making Scripture God's Word Written" (2003). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 107.