This substantially updated edition of a classroom standard provides students with an accessible introduction to the literature, history, and social context of the Old Testament. Written by two seasoned Old Testament professors, the book pays attention to methodology, archaeology, history, and literary genre and includes illustrations, sidebars, maps, and study questions.
Victor H. Matthews (PhD, Brandeis University) is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including Manners and Customs in the Bible, Studying the Ancient Israelites, Old Testament Turning Points, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy. James C. Moyer (PhD, Brandeis University) is professor of religious studies emeritus at Missouri State University and the author of numerous articles.
Preface to Third Edition 1. Introduction 2. The Premonarchic Period 3. The Early Monarchic Period 4. The Late Monarchic Period 5. The Exile and the Persian Period 6. The Hellenistic Period 7. Concluding Remarks Indexes Glossary of Terms and Concepts