No apology necessary. You didn’t hijack the post - you’ve added insight, a most welcome addition.
You wrote, “...perfectly fine to use fiction to tell a greater truth.” Spot on. This was the purpose of Yeshua’s usage of parables, IMO. That, and just as importantly, placing the onus of their message upon His listeners, or followers. He also, very often, returned a question WITH a question. I find that fascinating. It’s an ingenious way of discovering what really lies at the heart of the questioner & what he truly seeks to learn. Discover that, and almost any conversation will inevitably lead to truth through clarity.
So glad to know you share a passion for NT history. Everything from Genesis to Revelation fascinates me; has since I was a young teenager. Back when dinosaurs roamed the neighborhood lol.