Great progress has been made in biblical studies in recent decades. The volume under consideration aims to introduce the reader to the Old Testament by employing the fruits of modern Catholic and non-Catholic archaeological and literary research to provide an understandable context for the narrative and an illuminating key to the historical and theological interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures. The device of historical biography is chosen to clarify the meaning of the various books of the Old Testament, the characters chosen for study being Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Saul, David, Elijah, Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, ""Second Isaiah"", Nehemiah, Job, Qobeleth (Ecclesiastes) and Daniel. Careful scholarship, imaginative reconstruction, sound theological reflection and an interesting, clear style characterize the work throughout. Recommended to the general reader for a deeper and more intelligent appreciation of the Old Testament.