Imbedded in the Old Testament is found an ancient Hebrew epic, probably the earliest written literature of the Israelite civilization to be ranked alongside the great epics of other civilizations. Here are recited the heroic events through which Israel achieved national greatness. It is the history of the rise of Israel under Soul and David, written during the reign of Solomon, probably by the priest Ahimaas and found in the books of Judges, I & II, in Samuel and in I Robert Pfeiffer has provided a new translation from the Hebrew, and has extracted the essential text from later material with which it has become intermingled. It emerges as a lively, rapid-moving history, presumed to have been written about 950 BC, thus perhaps laying claim to being the earliest example of a major written epic extant. General and chapter introductions have been written by William G. Pollard. Scholars of the Old Testament will find it invaluable.