So a little background…when I was young my mother was required to take summer religion classes from the Archdiocese where she taught at. When she took a course on the Old Testament I remember her telling us about the creation stories and Adam and Eve and Noah and allegory. She explained the difference between historic truth and religious truth. It did not impact my faith at all.
In college (a Jesuit university) I took classes in theology and a couple on the Gospels. The discussions in class about the literal historicity of some of the Gospel accounts was a big part of it, and my faith wasn’t impacted. For me, Christ is a historic figure and the Son of God/Savior and nothing made me question His death and resurrection.
Yesterday I was listening to a podcast I enjoy and during the podcast the panelist most familiar with Biblical scholarship mentioned that the first Old Testament figure we have a record of is King David.
So this raised the question, how historic is the story of Abraham, Moses, and the early Jewish leaders? It seems to me that a literal Abraham and Moses are important to the faith given the covenant God made with Abraham and the importance of Moses in Judaism and Christianity.
Does anyone have thoughts on this to help me navigate this?