…It is sometimes easy to forget,
but before the ‘Old Truth’ was regarded as old
it was the ‘only truth’, and for some it still is.
As far as literalism goes,
it cannot be much more straightforward.
But it is always tempting to take literalism too far.
Regarding the earliest stories of the ‘Old Truth’,
as the earliest stories,
would be, for literalism, one step beyond.
The story of Cain and Abel replays the concerns
of Abraham and Isaac
from a much later point in their development
and then claims that the ‘events’ in the story
actually ocurred much earlier.
Sooner or later
is bound to be found out!