Details in biblical narrative matter. Every detail in biblical narrative is significant.
Eric Auerbach’s famous quote about Biblical Narrative being “fraught with background” sounds puzzling. The old-fashioned language doesn’t help. What’s worse, he means the opposite of what it seems mean. Yet his insight is really helpful.
Bible stories only tell details or give descriptions when those details matter. Spotting this can bring Bible stories to life! Here I’ll explain this with reference to some trivial, but intriguing, details in Genesis 24.