A Biblical History of Israel, 2nd edition
Author: Provain, Iain W., V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015
A Survey of the Old Testament, 3rd ed.
Author: Hill, Andrew E. and John H. Walton
Publisher: Zondervan, 2009
Explores the purpose and message of each book. Literary approach. Introduces the reader to Israelite and Near Eastern history, archaeology, the formation of the canon, and geography.
The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near East Iconography and the Book of Psalms
Author: Keel, Othmar
Publisher: Eisenbrauns, 1977
Great for cultural background
Ancient Israelite Literature in its Cultural Context
Author: Walton, John H.
Publisher: Zondervan, 1994
Surveys within the various literary genres the parallels between the Bible and the literature of the ancient Near East. Evangelical in approach
The Context of Scripture, 3 volume set
Author: Hallo, William W. and K. Lawson Younger, eds.
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub., 2003
Canonical Compositions, Monumental Inscriptions and Archival Doucuments from the Biblical World
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Author: Ryken, Leland, James C. Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III, eds.
Publisher: Intervarsity Press, 1998
Explores the images, symbols, motifs, metaphors and literary patterns found in the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 4 volumes
Author: Bromiley, Geoffrey, ed.
Publisher: Eerdmans, 1996
Contains articles on persons and places mentioned in the Bible, words in the Bible that have significant theological or ethical meaning, and terminology that touches on the transmission and interpretation of the Bible. A great preaching resource — delivers a lot of information quickly.
Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture
Author: Childs, Brevard
Publisher: Fortress Press, 1979
Seeks to describe the form and function of the Hebrew Bible in its role as sacred scripture for Israel.
An Introduction to the Old Testament: Second Edition
Author: Dillard, Raymond and Tremper Longman III
Publisher: Zondervan, 2006
Evangelical in its perspective. Interacts spirit with the historical-critical method
Covenant and Creation: A Theology of Old Testament Covenants
Author: Dumbrell, William
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub.; Reprint Edition 2009
Demonstrates God’s developing relationship with his people leading toward a new covenant and a new creation.