The old testament story told through the lives and struggles of the characters. A tremendous work, scholarly and detailed, that will be invaluable to students or clergy. A bit too much for just the casually interested who want to read along with ease. It is a heavy book to hold and heavy in content as well. It is a complete reference library on the personalities through whom God has revealed Himself to us. Not sketchy flashes but faithful studies from every possible angle. The reader to get the full value of this work must approach it with unlimited time and patience and lose himself in the life of each character, experience his hopes, fears, sorrows and joys, understand the political and religious parties and try to accept the truths as God speaks and reveals His plan through these men and women.