I'm reading through Samuel and Kings at the moment (basically the same book, I know). I've just come to the well-known story of Solomon and the two (prostitute) mothers. I was wondering whether this is supposed to be a (literal) historical story? It come immediately after Solomon's asking for wisdom, so I was wondering if alternatively it is in there to demonstrate Solomon's wisdom, but not necessarily historical.
The main reason for thinking this (is a possibility) is that is seems rather unlikely that the fraud-mother would be happy for the child to be cut in half. It's one thing trying to nick someone else's baby, but then to be all up for killing that baby is a very different thing! I know there are other parts of the Bible where the text is there to be illustrative, not historical. I'm blanking on specifics at the moment.*
As I've been going through various bits of the Bible with my commentary, these sorts of things are pointed out by referencing the original text(s) and similar - I can't do this, not being a Biblical scholar, so I have to rely on other people's information (information, not opinion). My commentary doesn't mention anything on this.
*This is most unhelpful, as questions shouldn't just make claims without backing them up! I'll edit this if I remember a specific other than the one we're all thinking of but I don't want to mention! In particular, in Genesis (not the start of!) it's more about how and why the Israelite nation came into existence, not just an history book.
If anyone has any information on this, I'd be most grateful!