As a book it covers a lot of ground historically, as well as pinpointing indivual stories in history. To some though, the book in part or as a whole is interpreted as a parable, an allegory, or a metaphor. To others (including myself) it is considered literal and read as such. To anyone who holds Genisis (in part or as a whole) as a parable. Please explain which parts are a parable and what it is a parable about. Explain your reasoning. To anyone who counts Genisis as a metaphor or an allegedly, please say which parts are metaphors or allegories. (Once we have a verse location we can go from there in discussing it.) As for me. I hold that Genisis is literal for several reasons. 1). Parts of it are referred to throughout the bible, and and supported or backed up instead of corrected. This support a literal understanding of the text as well as drawing more from it spiritually. 2). Much of Genisis is detailed in a way that parables, metaphors and allegories are not. Giving specific locations, genologies, ages when people had children and ages when they died 3). The rest of Genisis does not change it's style of writing to note a change in it's meaning to be literal one chapter and allegory the next. Because of these reasons I see no reason to count Genesis as anything outside of a literal history of events that are also good for our understanding and spiritual growth. The only arguable exception is whether the creation in chapter One refers to days in a loose sence of ages, or as 24 hour days as it's written. That exception can be argued both ways as literal, and as a day is like a thousand years. Please move on from this exception to any other portions of Genesis to call it a metaphor, allegedly, or a parable. Again if there is any of it considered a parable explain how it is a parable and what it is a parable of. I think anyone who considers Genesis as a parable does not know what a parable actually is.