Referring to my suggestion that Moses could not have written the 5 books you said, “This concept has been completely debunked.” As far as writing it in Hebrew, it certainly has not been debunked. Like I said before, Hebrew was invented many hundreds of years after the death of Moses. No serious historian of written language says otherwise. Perhaps Moses wrote in an old Egyptian style (he was trained as an Egyptian), which by that time could have contained rudimentary phonics but was mainly cuneiform with some picture writing. I will accept your notion that Moses could have physically written the Torah, but not in Hebrew.
I also agree with the notion that many of the ancient writings describe real places and real people. This means nothing; the same could be said about Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Like I said, the bible contains some history, but it is not a history book. Discovery of the Ebla Tablets, written in a form of cuneiform proves very little, except that many of the laws of Moses were already in place for at least 1,000 years before God gave him the law. It also goes into a flood story which is remarkably similar to the story Moses told. But it clearly didn’t engulf the whole earth and I would guess that many of the scientific scholars are correct in that the numerous flood stories originated from the melting at the end of the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago.
Shuruppak flood mentioned in the Ebla tablets around 2900 BC and the Genesis flood mentioned in the bible around 2400 BC
Interestingly, there is a continuous Egyptian history which spans right through these flood stories, yet Egyptian written stories make little or no references to such a catastrophic event. Seems to me there would have been a total break in the society if they were all killed. So what happened? Noah’s family, being the sexiest people that ever lived, repopulated the earth in a few short years. Not only that, they jumped right into the old civilizations and picked up right where they left off. The Egyptian sun-god, RA was in full swing before the biblical flood, then Noah’s children ran off to Egypt to continue the Egyptian religion. Amazing.
Ask an Egyptian historian if they literally believe the flood story.
A few questions to ponder. If two of every species was on the ark, what did all these animals eat? Food kept on the arc for all animals for an entire year. Ok, assume it was possible, what about when they left the arc? The lions and tigers and bears, etc would have destroyed the entire population in a few weeks. Then they would have all starved. The flood story makes no logical sense at all.
You suggested that I need to look at all sides of the argument. I once believed like you. I believed that everything in scripture was literally true, then I grew up. Fortunately, I met some very godly people who showed me that my literal belief in the age of the earth or great flood, etc. had nothing to do with my salvation.