Thanks for the suggestions, baldy and chris- I'll check them out as time permits too. My (uneducated and thus fairly worthless) opinion is that the historicity of, say, Moses, is somewhere around the historicity of, say, the Trojan War. There are probably some actual events and people, and perhaps some actual names, behind the stories, but the stories became sacred and adorned with supernatural trappings. Exactly where on the continuum from literal truth to absolute fantasy Moses stands is probably not going to ever be resolved very clearly, unless there are stunning new findings.
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