And I think that Marc and I would agree. The point we are making, is we
need to be careful not to go too far in the other direction, either.  We
are not like the evangelist Christian movements out there who are literal
Biblicists. We realize that the Bible is not perfect (see the AoF that
says we believe it as far as it is translated correctly). Figuring out
which points are literally true and which are just symbolic is not an
easy task. One thing I use is if I find it in the other scriptures (like
the Red Sea dividing), then I'm fairly certain it is historical. However,
I also realize that the early Jewish scribes had hidden agendas. We know
this, because our prophets have told us that they cut things out of the
scriptures, changed things, etc. It is also very possible that they may
have tried to "enhance" the story of Israel's origin somewhat, we just
don't know.  Things changed in the Israelite religion over the centuries.
At first, worshipping in high places was a good thing (the Tabernacle was
at the high place in Gibeon, for example), but later Jewish kings and
priests sought to consolidate power by destroying the high places of
Jehovah and insisting people could only sacrifice and worship at the
Jerusalem temple. This was a partial attempt to get people living in the
Northern Kingdom to defect and move to Judah. This obviously was somewhat
successful, as we have people like Lehi (from the tribe of Joseph) living
near Jerusalem.

We constantly see the kings of Israel rejecting the prophets. Yet much of
the Old Testament was written by the scribes of the kings. Clearly, there
was opportunity for tampering. We just don't know how much was done, and
so must accept the "history" by faith, until our modern prophetic leaders
tell us otherwise, such as Elder McConkie telling us that Eve really
wasn't made from Adam's rib.

K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1    http://www
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I think we are in danger of throwing the baby out with the bath water
we start labeling as figurative those things that might be literally 
true.  And we need to remember that just because something is symbolism, 
doesn't mean that is not also literally true.  Literal facts can serve as


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