From my experience, it wasn’t until I approached biblical studies from an academic stance that the many, many, many questions were given more reasoned answers.
I was recently turned on to a link from Yale and its biblical studies class online. I’ve recently been listening to it.
An insightful lecture is this one, which covers how Noah’s story was informed by the Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as much more reasoned answers to questions regarding the snake, who is clearly not “Satan” and a better look as to who and what “God” really is as he (they) was/were depicted to the early Jewish culture. It also exposes many contradictions, which I was taught “were NOT contradictions” just like “miracles aren’t’ magic!”
If you, yes you, only listened to one lecture, listen to that one I linked to above.