Ancient Hebrew culture is like any other. They have a cultural mythology/history that fluctuated or peaked at times in belief, and waned as time passed and other encountered cultures mythologies were adopted and assimilated, becoming their own after a time.<quoted text>
Not necessarily. Some parts of the bible are hyperbole, but not all. And the portions that are hyperbole aren't for the purpose of deception or story telling around a camp fire when there's nothing better to do. Hyperbole isn't like that. At least not in ancient Hebrew culture.
That is the pattern of history. That template rarely varies.