I realize all that you have posted, along with very very few people could read & write. It is also largely human nature to embellish or omit.<quoted text>
Pops, I have read a lot of religious books. The early ones were often spoken as stories, and passed from one person to the next.. Storytellers often use bits and pieces of earlier stories, to make their current story better. The Bible is a collection of stories by several different authors. These authors repeated bits of earlier stories in the Bible. The story of the flood seems to be a retelling of an earlier version contained in the Epic Of Gilgamesh, which was written more than a 1000 years before the birth of Christ.
Then there is different hand writings/penmanship styles. deterioration of writing mediums etc. Our own founding documents are losing clarity & they are much much newer. But then I know that you are aware of this, that is why I am not 'talking down' to you like so many on here talk down to others.
Don't let the fact that I don't write booklets on here lead you to think that I don't know more than I post. TY