Perhaps it would be misleading to say it’s in the Book of Jebediah
This is how traditions - such as that of trusting to the Protevangelium of James as an historical source - begin; the PoJ (& other NT Apocrypha) are no more historical,though much older, than this story. What are the odds that by 3000 AD this book, “The Robe” & “Quo Vadis” are all going to be treated as reliable historical texts ? :eek:
Maybe the distinction between fact & fiction is really not important - if people think that Ben Hur in the story was a real person, does that make any kind of difference that other confusions of fact with fiction don’t make ? All sorts of things that people “know” turn out to be fictional, not factual - but if fictions about King Arthur, or about the visit of the Child Jesus to Britain, don’t do any harm, why should other fictions be any more dangerous ?
To all disbelievers in any named religion, that religion is in effect a fiction: no people are Muslim - except for Muslims: & the same goes for all religions. So truth in religion does not seem to be very important, any more than it is important for history. Truth is what we believe to be true; nothing else. The social effects & ill-effects of belief or unbelief are the same for a society whether a religion is true or false, because beliefs in its truth or falsity are held in all societies that profess more than one religion.