One of the ways to study the Bible is to work at figuring out what it means. Studying it in this way has led to hundreds, maybe thousands, of different branches of Christianity. New versions of the faith appear every year.
I hate to say it is a complete waste of time to discuss what the Bible means because I do some of this myself. Nevertheless, discussing what any particular part of the Bible means is close to being a zero sum game. If you advocate one interpretation, someone will advocate another that is exactly the opposite.
Clearly, there will never be an absolute conclusion about what the Bible means. If there were some agreement we would have found it in the last 1500 years.
There is another kind of Bible study. It is to study the Bible with the intent of finding whether those who wrote it had any information or insight other than what any ordinary person might have had who was wealthy enough at the time to read and write. This kind of Bible study gets us somewhere.
Through carbon dating, other historical records and hints left in the writing, we can find out a lot about these wealthy ancients. Variations of the same story let us know different authors had different motives.
Trying to get into the heads and behind the scenes of the Bible’s authorship is the fastest growing branch of Bible study. It is where we can find the most testable ideas and fewest mere opinions.