re: #298 Aceofwhat?
And the “Torah paints a rather unique picture.” You must be kidding? One of the major sections of the 5 books are the laws, which are historically based on much of the legal structures that Hammurabi penned. The creations stories (yes, there are two) had a definate literary dependance on the Gilgamesh saga… and I could go on and on.
This is textual criticism facts, a science, not beliefs.