This links with McCown's The Ladder of Progress in Palestine (Harper) in indicating ways in which modern archaelogical discoveries have made possible a virtual reconstruction of life in Bible times. The Bailey book is more closely linked with the Bible, even to interpolated text references throughout. He goes back to prehistoric days, to the days of Abraham, of the patriarchs; he retells the story of Joseph, of Moses, as envisioned against a full background of life -- of city and village and desert; of religious customs, of war, of travel. He pictures Solomon's Court. The Babylonian Captivity. The period of the prophets. Fully illustrated. Useful primarily as a source book for students and a useful reference book.