The trio, at Fred's direction, had played an ice-breaking game of pretending the backgrounds of the various other dinners.
It's just that we came from such totally different backgrounds – even if you don't consider the money.
But the history of (north) Israel had naturally its own independent political backgrounds and the literary sources contain the same internal features as the annals and prophetic narratives which are already met with in 1 Samuel.
The historical backgrounds of these passages are disputed.
But, in general, where the traditions are manifestly in a later form they are in agreement with later backgrounds, and it is questionable whether earlier forms can be safely recovered when it is held that they have been rewritten or when the historical kernel has been buried in legend or myth..