I meant that it never really gives graphic descriptions.
It's a historical narrative. In MacDonald's story 'The Wise Woman', he starts out with a pages long paragraph describing the rain. I'd call that graphic. * grins * On the other hand, the Bible never mentions rain, except when it has historical significance, like that time when Elijah told it not to rain for years.
But it didn't describe that with graphic detail either. It said 'And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.' That's about as much direct description of the drought as was ever given. That's the way it all runs. Summary, detail only when historically important, broad strokes of description at times when any description is given ('The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.' 'And he will be a wild man; his hand [will be] against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.').
Oddly enough, the very instances of violence are times when the narrative tends to give more graphic descriptions than at other times (though like I said, none of it is very graphic). When Jacob discovered that he'd married Rachel and not Leah, it doesn't give any detail about his reaction, other than the conversation he had with Laban about it that day. However, when the Benjamites did violence to the Levite's concubine, it did give a bit of detail about his reaction to finding her dead outside the door, and what it looked like. And when Joab killed Amasa, it went into relative detail about that too, describing how he prepared to trick him, what he said, how he acted, how he took hold of him, the exact place in his torso he stabbed him in, and the fact that he was disemboweled and that Joab didn't have to strike again. And when Ehud stabbed the king, it could have just said 'He stabbed the king, and the king died', but instead it told you which side he had his knife on, included that detail about the dirt coming out and Ehud being unable to pull the knife back out, and told you what the servants thought afterwards. Not all incidents are recorded in as much detail. Mostly just miracles, violence, and battles, as far as my memory serves me.
Oh, and there was that song about lovemaking that was described in a bit more detail too....
Actually, even the poetry didn't graphically describe things, most of the time, at least not what most people talk about as graphic description. Most of the times it came the closest was when it was talking about how miserable the writer was. And Psalm 22 is quite vivid as well, talking about the crucifixion and torture of Jesus. Job talked a lot about death and despair, and that was quite vivid.
Still, I wouldn't call it graphic description, at least not in context of what people object to when talking about violence and such, because of the lack of present details. It gives you a bigger picture, using poetry and metaphor to make it vivid, but a relatively broad picture nonetheless. There isn't the feeling of 'in the moment' that most novels (especially modern ones) have.
And another thought: the sort of description that most people object to in the description of violent scenes is the very detail that was included in Ehud's assassination. People, typically speaking, don't mind knowing the expression on people's faces so much, or the color of their hair, or the temperature of the room, or even the way blood darkens clothing. It's the disembowelment and concrete details like the guy being so fat you can't pull the knife back out that freaks them out (I remember in the torture thread when E posted a scene, and the thing that most everyone said was freaking them wasn't the blood or pain, it was a detail she'd mentioned about when someone cut someone's cheek, and how the blade scraped against his teeth).
I'm not really trying to make a point with all this about the proportionate detail the Bible gives about violence... I'm not even sure what to think of it myself.
But the point I am
trying to make is that the whole Bible leaves out graphic details to the same degree (or more) as its violent scenes, so, regardless of my views on how violence should be described in our books, I am not certain how we are supposed to take our cue from the style of the Bible.