What we see in the Bible as historical narrative is hardly the only thing happening in those places at that time. There is a wealth of historical background that the writers assumed readers would know. They wrote for their own people.
Sometimes I wonder what happened to all the depth of scholarship that was so common back when I went to college. Today I hear and read people spouting stuff that they simply made up, leaping to conclusions when data seems to coincide. Better answers aren’t that hard to find, though I realize that it means going to a real library with paper books and reading stuff written long ago. Sadly, some of the best history and archaeology never made it onto the Net.
To read the rest, just click this link to my Kiln of the Soul blog.