The OP asked for the views of 'secular scholars'. I believe that my question is an accurate, brief, summary of their views, based on several scholarly works. I see that I've got a pending delete vote and a critical comment 'not an answer'.
Could someone expand on the complaint? Do you require the footnotes to make this a valid answer? I could probably come up with book titles by dredging my history of Amazon purchases.
I hope it's not a view that secular views aren't wanted. Look, I rarely post here, as the culture is clearly more traditional than I am. But the OP specifically asked in this case.