MemberJune 24, 2021 at 5:40 am
Dever again, in 2017.
 The biblical texts…. can and do lie; that is, they may mislead. Critical scholars recognize this fact, that the biblical texts are largely propagandistic. They are not entirely fictitious and thus may be based on authentic sources here and there. But by and large the intent of the biblical authors and redactors is not to tell it as it was but rather to tell it as they wished it had been. Thus the Hebrew Bible is widely regarded today as historicized fiction or fictionalized history, not only by revisionists but also by the majority of mainstream scholars.”
Dever, William G. Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah. SBL Press, 2017.