Q. A rather consistent strategy you use in the Exodus/ Conquest chapter and elsewhere is to argue that there is a historical kernel to this or that story which then has gone through a process of elaboration, sometimes involving hyperbole, like various of the ANE conquest narratives which involve lots of bragging and hyperbole (.e.g. ‘we wiped them utterly out of the land’ etc). How is the average lay person supposed to figure out what is the kernel and what the embellishment? I do not ask whether there is elaboration, because I think that is really beyond dispute, but the problem is it offends our modern notions of the need for historical precision. How would you help lay people better understand the literary character of such materials in the OT?
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