The alternative to the story that some old exiled jew met god in a tent and called jews "chosen", is that jews filled the void vacated by the gods with conjured up bullshit.
That is imagination. How about two jews and an Assyrian around a camp fire? Two Jews, a Hittite and one Assyrian in a brothel?
Before I got to this current version I explored every suggested reconciliation of the old testament and physical evidence. I did spend time in hell essentially exhausting every possible variation. This isn't so that is the wrong way to describe it but I spent significant time over two decades to the the specific issue of how could the Old Testament exist.
After this exercise the only explanation that made sense what the Septuagint was the original. With that the date of the forgery and the appearance of the Yahweh cult both coincide with the Maccabe civil war. Researching that I came across Josephus recounting it as a proxy war between the Ptolemys and Seleucids made Judea an ancient Vietnam between the US and USSR. At that point everything fell into place. In fact I was actually predicting the proxy war before I actually found the report of it as a proxy war.
So on one hand I might have believers begging the question how could Jews know about Ur if it were not their history and on the other I have how could the Greeks in Alexandria with their library not know about Ur?
I view it as a scientific theory. A scientific theory is merely one that explains facts. The more facts it explains the better the theory. A scientific theory is neutral on the facts themselves. Of course it is not simple bean counting. One does not multiply trivial facts to increase the count. It is a matter of important and critical facts.
For example, Judea did not have a literate culture until the 2nd c. BC so it could not have been written in Judea before then so its first appearance is in Greek. So where was the Greek written? A newly literate culture does not have records, period. Therefore it was written some place else.
Like the idea of saying Jesus might be Amun. Yahweh has the characteristics of Amun down to making people out of clay but the Egyptian dead and reborn god is Osiris.