A Biblical History of Israel, 2nd edition

Author: Provain, Iain W., V. Philips Long, and Tremper Longman

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015

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.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated

Author:  Garcia, F.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 1996

Includes introductions to each manuscript with a history of its discovery and its historical context

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.


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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.


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