Diogenes wrote: Tue Jul 19, 2022 11:04 pm  Metaphors are based upon a reference to reality. The original authors, like everyone else of their era except the Greeks around 500 BCE, believed the Earth was a disk. The Genesis story reflects this belief. They actually believed the Earth was flat.

A metaphor is not literally true.

“A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison.”

“a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.”

You just said the “Jewish scholars understand the metaphorical or literary nature of these stories” and I was agreeing with that.

So, the original author(s) actually believed the world was a literal flat earth with a solid dome for the heavens.

This is often claimed, but I’ve yet to see any convincing evidence of this. Please support your statement that they actually believed “the world was a literal flat earth with a solid dome for the heavens.” Just because the Bible uses metaphors does not mean they also claim it would be literally true.