Isaac Asimov, a man of science who was nonetheless steeped in religion as a child, and loved its rich history (as well as the study of history itself) brings his brain to bear on the topic of the Bible. Peeling away the layers of myth, he attempts to answer: Just what is so interesting about the Old and New Testaments if you aren't prepared to take the book (as some insist one must) as literal fact? And that answer is one of the longest and most riveting books I've ever read, exploring the very edge of history, where records of events no longer exist (if ever they did) beyond veiled legends and myths. If you are curious at all about Judaism, Christianity, or for that matter Islam (these are their foundational myths as well), whether you are inside one of these faiths or not, I can not recommend a better book.
Geographical and historical evidence illuminates the events and people of the Old and New Testament