jgnat - Hope your well, and I agree with you re the collection of books in the bible. There is an amount of cohesion within the OT due to the redaction of older texts post exile. The overall theme that runs throughout is the atemp to create a history and a feeling of total society in order that the Jews could regain some amount of self governance with out a monarchy at its head, and therefore survive the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Selucid, and Roman ocupations of the old joint kingdom. It is however very Judean centred.
AP - That tread and idea looks interesting I'll checkit out later. Thanks for stearing us in the right directions.