Muffti was trying to find something but wasn’t able to so he puts it out to our well-informed readers as a question. Muffti was curious about the claim that parts (or all?) of the Torah is to be read in a non-literal fashion; in particular the creation story is held up sometimes as a case of non-literality.
When did this suggestion of non-literal reading first become prevalent? Who first suggested it and how was it received at first?
Thanks in advance.