The Nantucket Project offers a video of a presentation given by Yale University professor Joel Baden entitled What Use Is the Bible? I highly recommend taking a look. Here’s the blurb:
There are two contradictory facts about how Americans read the Bible. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, nearly 80% of all Americans believe the Bible is either literally true or is the inspired word of god. The other fact, most Americans have no idea what’s in the Bible. In his presentation at TNP 2013, Yale University Professor Joel Baden, takes a look at an utterly familiar text and has us think about what the Bible says and just as importantly, how it says it.