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    Religious text of any kind are much more accurately regarded as fictional myth making than the accurate recording of historical fact.
    The only problem with that is that it leaves us damn near helpless prior to the invention of scientific history as part of the Late Renaissance Enlightenment. Even the Greco-Roman writers who were deliberately trying to write semi-objective histories were only so good at that whole "fair and balanced" thing, which is why they occasionally contradict each other. (Among other things.)

    So if you're looking much earlier than about 1300 CE, you're stuck sorting the available actual historical data from cultural and mythic biases in any source, no matter which ones. Accurate recording of historical fact is a fairly recent invention.


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    by thanatokephaloides on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:42:26 PM PDT

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