I could rant on and on about why literal meanings are not to be had, why they never were, etc., and thus, why the historicity of biblical events and other metaphysical claims is virtually impossible to establish.

But that's beside the point.

The point is that I want to wholly distinguish the question of "what actually happened" from the questions of beauty, personal relevance, and other interesting questions.

IOW, there are different aspects to any revelatory text, and you can treat them as interdependent - but there is no need to. It's simply your own choice. Answers in the realm of one of those aspects do not, by virtue of any of their intrinsic qualities, interfere with an answer in any other realm.

So, which aspects can we find?

- The historical aspect
- The aesthetic aspect
- The ethical aspect