Should religious texts be taken literally or metaphorically?
Or not at all...
Depends on the verses.
Too nuts to take literally.
Metaphorically if looking for meaning in a religious text. Meaning that can be applied in one's life.
Literally if trying to learn about the history and individuals that contributed to the religion that exists today.
Metaphorically or not at all. This applies to all religious texts, not just the bible.