Realizing that the prevailing attitude here is that the Bible is just a collection of bronze/iron age myths and fabrications, I still think there is value and relevance in many of the stories that are found there, not to mention entertainment. In the Old Testament, the story of Joseph and his brothers, the story of Ruth, the story of Esther, and even the stories of Joshua’s conquest of Canaan and Nehemiah’s reconstruction of Jerusalem’s walls are really good reading. Irrespective of whether you think they are true or historically accurate or not, the tales themselves have elements of irony and surprise, good plot and character development, and some decent morals and symbolism.
In the New Testament, some of the parables of Jesus are great short stories, such as the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the story about Zacchaeus. Luke’s account in Acts of Paul’s sea voyage to Rome is a pretty good description of 1st Century travel.
As far as relevance goes, the story of Esther could inspire any young woman or girl to see that, no matter what her circumstances, her life matters and she can accomplish something significant. And in this age of xenophobia, racism, and suspicion of anyone different, who wouldn’t benefit from learning the lessons of the Good Samaritan?
My point here is that even if you are not inclined to respect the Bible because of it’s more suspect parts, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. There’s some good reading in there. Maybe even a movie idea or two - like the 10 Command ... oh wait, that’s already taken!