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  •  I'm also dubious (7+ / 0-)

    The latter part of Kings II probably has an accurate historical account of the later histories of Judah and Israel  (southern and northern kingdoms) down to their destructions by the Assyrians and Babylonians, years 722 and 582 BCE respectively.  Archeologists today debate about the historical accuracy of the Biblical account of King David.  Before then, for me, it's a matter of faith. Archeology should not start out from the point that the Biblical stories must be proven, any more than science needs to prove the earth is 6,000 years old (the former may be possible depending on the particular Biblical text, the latter is beyond any debate).

    There will never be archeological confirmation that the single family portrayed in Genesis actually lived.  What is important for those of faith is the moral teachings we can derive from these stories.  

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 05:19:22 PM PST

    •  It doesn't diminish the spiritual message (3+ / 0-)
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      from King David's life, but his story is so multifaceted that
      some biblical scholar consider him to be a composite figure.

    •  "'What is Truth?' said jesting Pilate" (5+ / 0-)

      I come from a tradition which stresses Inerrancy of Scripture, (which is not quite the same as Literalism, but looks a lot like it if you squint just a little), so I tend to give the biblical narrative the benefit of the doubt.

      Of course, I'm also a storyteller.  I like stories, and so I have a fairly flexible Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

      But I do think that focusing too much on proofs can distract us from more imporant truths.  (Says the man who just wrote a diary entirely consisting of irrelevant speculation and ignoring anything of substance in the text)

      As Albert the Aligator once said, "Even if Shakespeare didn't write all seventeen acts of the Constitution, it's still my favorite play!"

      "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

      by quarkstomper on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:21:44 PM PST

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    •  At least (2+ / 0-)
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      one of the later kings appears in a contemporary Assyrian (I think) writing.

      Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

      by ramara on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 07:29:10 PM PST

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