Now that we begin to discern who and what the Bible is talking about, it is strange and foreign to us. The term "fairy tale" doesn't quite describe the genre, nor does "history." In fairy tales we normally find wild exaggeration, but in the Bible stories understatement is the prevalent literary device. The term "history" does not really apply either, because this is not what we consider history today. Yet for that reason, most of the problem of comprehension is within us. We are generally taught to think of ancient people as inferior to us, but as it turns out, they were in some ways much more sophisticated.
I've tried to offer some explanation here and there in the book as to why the Old Testament narratives were composed as they were. I don't think it was a matter of wanting to deceive the world. It was more a matter of immediate survival and a reaction to the traumas endured. Still there was a need for "mind control" of a populous, not world-wide, but over the tiny environs of the "New-Jerusalem" in Palestine and in subjection to the world-wide empire of their Jewish cousins who ruled from Persia.
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