…Without ‘supernatural elements’ this type of conditioning would be unhealthy
and is the one most beloved of insecure, manipulative minds
intent on turning their victims into ‘Apes of Faith’.
Which is, perhaps, one of the reasons why the ‘supernatural’
is here so heavily stressed.
A radiant visage and countenance
is such a mainstay of supernatural narrative
that it must have some basis in real experience…
…As is telepathy.
There are though, also, some people who are very good at this.
In which context, ‘reading one’s mind’
is not the same as, ‘hearing one’s thoughts’.
The praeternaturally lengthy life-spans in this
and other biblical stories
probably have more to do with an editorial attempt
to ‘square’ original myth with historical time-frames
than with history, which is not to say
that people a very long time ago
were not a lot bigger and/or lived a lot longer than us.
Both are possible.
Halving the given ages of Abraham and Sarah would work
and still preserve the integrity of the story.
But, already, we start to see how belief and faith
are practically inseperable…
Only faith gets us across the minefield unscathed!