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Scholars once widely assumed that Abraham was either a mythical being or a simple nomadic or semi-nomadic Semite and that the biblical narrative of his life could not be read strictly as a biography because it was written more than one thousand years after the events it described. Many liberal Bible scholars, as Richard N. Ostling wrote in Time magazine, treated Abraham “not as a historical figure, but as a sort of Semitic King Arthur.”[1]

  1. Time, September 21, 1981, p. 77.