Paul has made some great arguments that, to me, prove that the modern day version of the Old Testament has been pieced together to seem like one seamless story of many chronological events. In the research he and Mauro and others share, it seems more than obvious that the stories were NOT in chronological order.
So this has me thinking: Is the meticulous Jewish tribal genealogy that modern Orthodox Jews still are passionate about what (which of the 12 tribes they belong to), is that even real? Since the books of the OT are NOT in true historical chronological order, how can be 12 Tribes of Israel be real and not some wishful fantasy based on this more modern monotheistic ideal of the Bible?
And I say this as someone who can most definitely trace my family line ALL the way back to Adam and Eve. I am not joking, not exaggerating. Adam, Seth, down to Noah, his son Ham, Ezekiel is in my line, etc, King David, all the way down Joseph (Mary's husband). [Technically, all the names mentioned in Bible genealogy are related because they are all cousins or siblings or grandchildren, etc, but that's beside the point].
I genuinely wonder if all that ancient tribal Jewish ancestry is true now knowing that the books of the Old Testament were NOT in order of actual history.
And if it is NOT true, what does that mean for modern Judaism, or anyone who works in ancestry DNA testing or whoever else is passionate about their ancestry? Orthodox Jews are are adamant about knowing (and often bragging about) which of the 12 Tribes they belong to. They can literally trace their ancestors back to the very first men of the 12 Tribes are named after. Judaism would fall apart in the worst way if this genealogy was false.
So... thoughts? Mr. Wallis, do you have any ideas on this?