Never said it was completely devoid of facts, just as a whole it is not an accurate history book.<quoted text>
YNo one knows whether they were fictional characters or real. There are arguments on both sides. And while the bible is not completely accurate in terms of historical facts, that is not to say there aren't ANY accurate historical facts or some truths in it, as your line of thinking suggests to you.
Hell, a lot of what I learned as history in school turned out to be fiction. The winners write the books. Much has been disproved through science since some of those were written.