All these are stories which enrich the world and which children ought
to know. But is it right to teach them as literature, or to justify
them solely as stories? Here, I think Motion is on shakier ground.
These stories have been preserved by people who thought they were true,
and fantastically important, rather than merely interesting. To know
them was not just an aesthetic value, but a moral one. In particular,
they were taught because the teachers believed that you could not be a
properly developed human being without knowing them. The unique thing
about Bible stories was that they were understood to stand apart from
all other books because they were suited for everyone, as well as
necessary for everyone.
Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.
Not one of the better known Bible stories, but one worth telling the kids about nonetheless, for moral reasons. So that they become properly developed human beings.