Your medical training apparently did not include a class on hermeneutics. Strange. I thought it was part of the curriculum at all medical schools.
And just how did God communicate with Adam and Eve? Did he write things down and pass them notes to read? Did he speak with them face to face, as with Moses? Do you walk with God in the cool of the garden? Have you heard his voice?
Or do you, like Augustine and the rest of us, have to pursue your understanding of the Scriptures “as a son of Adam in the sweat of my brow … Where the discovery is laborious my ardor is increased, and the spoil obtained is eagerly devoured, and is hidden in my heart for my nourishment.”
It is sanctimonious and snarky to characterize those who have spent their lives in the study of Scripture as “secular ANE experts.” I, for one, am thankful for these faithful servants of the Lord, whose labor equips all of us to serve the Lord better. As Paul said in Eph. 4:11-16 –
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”