I am interested in whether the things in the scriptures actually happened - but much more as an academic exercise than as a way to accept or reject them. I am FAR more interested in what I can learn from historical accounts than I am about the exact accuracy of those accounts, especially since I believe we can learn more about people from learning their myths (their ideals and what they envisioned as their ultimate relationship to each other and deity) than from most recitations of the actions of their daily lives.
"Factual History", after all, until very recently, is the story of a few leaders and their impact on people - not the story of the people themselves. "Myth", in many ways, is the story of the people - and myth always is a combination of the factual and the imagined. (and I don't mean "true and false" when I say "factual and imagined".)
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