I think it’s a decent book. It’s not going to be in the same category for me as a great fiction story. But compared to the other texts at that are a few thousand years old I think it’s on par.
I think it’s extremely complex. The patters , play on words, and so on that hyperlink to other stories blows me away. The repeated groupings of 7,10,and 40 that I don’t always feel is so literal is still often chosen to make you remember previous things. The random snippets of minor characters amuse me.
Take how Cain was given a sign that if anyone murdered him they would be punished worse somehow. Then few chapters later you get to Lamech whose clearly very prideful.
Lamech is the first time mention having more than one wife. He has two.
In the case of Cain he was afraid and asked God for protection while Lamech not only demands greater protection he goes through himself and not God.
His name is mentioned like 3 times in one chapter. The time before the boast his name is spelled in Hebrew with “La” and then during the boast his me is spelled “Le” and I believe that was intentional to show how ridiculously prideful and boastful he was by making it image the god connotation of “El” but reversed.
Or how the first sentence in Hebrew is 7 words and the middle word is built on the words for alpha and omega meaning beginning and and end or eternal. The book of Ruth has everyone’s name in Hebrew ties directly to their fate and lifestyle. The combination of history, mythical fiction, poetry, aspects of their law ( which is 611 dos and don’ts which equals the same numerical value added to the word Torah).
The way it lines out a beautiful arc of life was meant to be great where humanity, God, and nature was in harmony and how disobedience and war shook heaven through the angels that lusted after women to Adam and Eve sinning to Satan being cast out. It’s a war story filled of hope.
But I enjoy it in a way different from how I enjoy reading a good horror fiction story with a build up to doom and loss that hits harder because the characters have had great development. Metamorphosis, Odyssey, and many others classic epic poems and so on are great but they also are not the same to me as modern fiction either.