So I've missed a few weeks. There is really too much to cover. We've been through Noah and the flood, Lot, Abraham, Isaac just died.
A few thoughts:
Anyone who says that the Bible was written presenting believers in a good light obviously hasn't read it. The heroes of the Bible have messed up a lot so far. The thing that marks them, though, is that they have faith in God. Abraham may forget to trust God from time to time, but when He commands, Abraham obeys.
Anyone who says that the Bible presents women as inferior obviously hasn't read it. Rebekah is strong and smart. She may not be "good" in all her actions, but she appears no worse than any other person named. And she is clearly intelligent and capable.
One interesting tidbit about the flood and lifespan is that you have each successive generation living a shorter time than the one that precedes it. Shem, Noah's son, is alive to see Isaac wed. Now think about how that might account for some myths in other cultures.
For instance, Fohi, the first emperor of China, was said to be an immortal who survived a great flood. He also happened to die the same year as Noah. Do you suppose that a man who lived longer than his great, great, great, (etc.) grandchildren might appear to be immortal? Enki would be another example. (Ham, perhaps?)
If we look at history, there is much there that supports the Bible as truth. I'll let you know if I find anything that contradicts. (Without undue contrivance.)