Mr Pope, thank you for your thoughts on this issue, which I think is both difficult and important to try to understand. To a large extent I agree with what you say. I welcome all views and discussions on this subject.
If neither fairy tale, nor history, nor myth, nor allegory, nor whatever, it seems as if the Hebrew Bible stories largely belong to a genre of its own. This "Bible books genre" seems to be characterized by having the Egyptian/Mesopotamian kings masquerade first as wandering shepherds and later as the "kings of Judah and Israel". But it is also the story of "THE LORD" and His strange dealings with mankind at large and especially with the "Children of Israel". And here, no doubt, the stories, at least in part, tend to become clearly mythical - or "fairy tale" - in character, like the story of Eden, the story of Noah and the Flood, of the Tower of Babel, of the Ten Plagues of Egypt, the parting of the sea, the desert walk, the tumbling walls of Jericho, the stories of Simson and Delilah, David and Goliath, the Great Kigdom of David and Solomon, the tale of the prophet Jonah, and the like.
In your online book you equate the "Lord" of the wandering shepherd patriarchs with the Royal Clan Boss of Egypt/Mesopotamia. If that is so (and I agree that so it looks) then the "Lord of Israel" seems to be, perhaps, a mixture of this "old boss" of the patriarchs and a "monotheistic" God born in the minds of the Bible authors, or rather, perhaps, in the minds of the Jewish community at large.
One may wonder how the Jewish nation actually came into being and what it actually looked like if stripped of its biblical "garment"? To understand why the Bible was written the way it was, perhaps one need first understand more about that?
As I said, I welcome all thoughts and views on this important subject.
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