In an old post Forestt wrote “I think the people in the one synagogue I attended briefly were typical in treating the reading for each week as an event which was still occuring. Moses was still leading them out of Egypt, bringing the Torah down from Sinai, etc.”
I’ve never attended a synagogue, but that’s the only way I find scripture meaningful nowadays. These are eternal (timeless) metaphors pointing to spiritual realities that cannot be properly described in material terms, only poetically described.
I guess it was Blake who taught me to do that, emancipating me from any need to consider the literal meaning; the poetic meaning is what matters.
Those O.T. stories describe things that are happening in our lives day by day. Expressed differently we are invited to ‘live into’ the scenes we read about, and the way each of us lives into it will be unique to each of us.