For these very reasons, because Ancient Israel means so much to us and because we actually know so little for sure, The A to Z of Ancient Israel is particularly important. It examines the usual sources in the Old Testament and surveys the findings of more recent archaeological research to help us determine just what happened and when, a far from simple task. It includes entries on most of the persons, places, and events which are generally considered, and shows more broadly what the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah were like and what role they played in the ancient world, but it also defines them as closely as possible according to the latest data.
Niels Peter Lemche is professor of theology at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of ten books and founder and editor of the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament. Dr. Lemche has received many grants and was head of the Copenhagen Dead Sea Scrolls Initiative until 1999.