Oh, Mac!<quoted text>Ah, so the thing's hyperbole, and not literally true.
Okay, I'll bite: where does the literal stop and the imagery begin?
Christian reading of the Bible:
If I agree, it is literal. If I disagree, it is figurative.
Jewish reading 1:
If it sounds ridiculous or impossible it is figurative.
Jewish reading 2:
It is all figurative.
Jewish reading 3:
The entire TaNaKh is a poetic allegory based loosely on reality.
Jewish reading 4:
It is all reality.
The Talmud is full of each.
The mojority of modern Judaism follows the opinions of Maimonides since the middle ages. Just like Christianity has Paul, Jews are deceived by a man they place above God as well (IMHO).
Myself, I prefer Hillel.