In his preface, the author states: ""This book is not for scholars or theologians, but for the student of literature, and is written for amateurs by an amateur of the Old Testament story"". There is thorough-going workmanship in this book. The first part gives the historical background, and then a running account of the various stages in the development of Old Testament literature. There follows a condensed version of the Old Testament, following the text of the King James version, but eliminating chapters and verses and omitting such of the material as does not take first rank as narrative literature. It seems strange to omit the Psalms from any study of the Old Testament but our author has limited himself to the narratives of Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Judges, the books of Samuel and Kings, Ruth, and Esther. It is a book which should appeal to all lovers of good literature as well as to those who cherish the Old Testament for its religious message.