[My reaction to May 7-9 readings in the One Year Bible.]
Consider the following stories. Jack and the Beanstock, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, George Washington and the Cherry Tree, Woodstock, Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner,” Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
On the one hand, none of these is entirely devoid of myth. They all are cultural stories with morals. They all stand for a larger truth, or perhaps an arguable truth. On the other hand, it is undeniable that the factual basis of these stories varies. Although there would be some disagreement, in general we know which parts of these are factual.
What would be more difficult is to know where the stories of the Trojan Horse or Greek Fire go in this list. I am similarly confused about where to put the story of the birth of Samuel. Link.