I am reading Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules For Life, and there's this part where he says, with the Bible as subject, that (emphasis added):
It's a truly emergent document—a selected, sequenced and finally coherent story written by no one and everyone over many thousands of years.
I don't feel like the usual meaning I know for "emergent" is appropriate, since the Bible is of course not emergent, but has been around and revered for thousand or hundreds of years.
Since the author keeps saying how useful the Bible is for understanding our morals and our world I thought it could mean that it is emergent because it emerges very often in many fields of interest, but I don't feel like that's it.
On Google's dictionary there's "PHILOSOPHY. an emergent property," but it doesn't really help me.