1) The details are fiendishly interesting.
2) Accept the truth from whatever the source is the better approach.
3) Everything you've thought of was already hashed out more than 100 years ago.
4) It's fun to give the microscope treatment to the Christian Hebraists/ ethnographers who did that to the Jews.
5) Fancy wig curls and beards go together very nicely, thank you very much.