The existence of " high places " is presupposed in those two ancient codes and is also presumed in the narratives of the documents E and J which contain them.
As a piece of writing the vivid narratives are without an equal.
Opinion is at variance regarding the patriarchal narratives as a whole.
(See The Exodus.) The narratives in 1 Sam.
This story is open to grave suspicion, as, apart from the miracles recorded, there are wide discrepancies between the secular Portuguese histories and the narratives written or inspired by Jesuit chroniclers of the 17th century.