Your post contained a number of innacuracies and glib comments...
> I realized why discussions about the bible always make me
> uneasy. It was written or compiled or received from god by
> very violent patriarchal people and perhaps if I were in a
> man’s body I would enjoy it immensely. But I am not.
The patrirchs were not violent people. This subject has been discussed ad nausium and still I have yet to see this proved!
> the symbolism is lost on us, precisely because it is in a
> written not oral tradition,
The symbolism hasn't been lost...? Which symbolism are you refering to?
> it produces for me personally an
> unhealthy state of mind.
It might in yours but not in everyone!
> And frankly I don’t need to read
> hundreds of pages to know I shall not kill or lie.
As if this is all the Bible is about. I'm saddened at this kind of superficial writing.