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The Oxford History of the Biblical World An in-depth chaptered work by leading scholars providing a chronological overview of the history of biblical times.

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Bloch-Smith, Elizabeth. Judahite Burial Practices and Beliefs about the Dead. JSOT/ASOR Monograph Series, 7; JSOT Supplement, 123. Sheffield, England: JSOT, 1992. Archaeological survey covering 1200–586 BCE, describing types of burials and grave goods, as well as a discussion of the biblical material.

Boling, Robert G. Judges. Anchor Bible, vol. 6A. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969. A standard commentary, with archaeological information.

Callaway, Joseph A. “The Settlement in Canaan: The Period of the Judges.” In Ancient Israel: A Short History from Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple, ed. Hershel Shanks, 53–84. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1988. An accessible summary of archaeological evidence of conquest and settlement and of scholarly controversy about the evidence.

Campbell, Edward F., Jr. Ruth. Anchor Bible, vol. 7. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1975. A commentary stressing literary issues, with much archaeological and ecological detail.

Cross, Frank Moore. Conversations with a Biblical Scholar. Ed. Hershel Shanks. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1994. An informal exposition of wide-ranging views from the dean of American biblical scholars.

Dothan, Trude, and Moshe Dothan. People of the Sea. New York: Macmillan, 1992. A popular and well-illustrated summary of Philistine history and culture.

Finkelstein, Israel. The Archaeology of the Israelite Settlement. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1988. A technical exposition of the results of recent archaeological surveys in the central hill country, with conclusions drawn about Israel's earliest settlement.

Freedman, David Noel. Pottery, Poetry, and Prophecy: Collected Essays on Hebrew Poetry. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1980. Several of the essays in this collection focus on what the earliest biblical poetry tells us about Israel's history and religion in the early Iron Age.

Frick, Frank S. The Formation of the State in Ancient Israel. The Social World of Biblical Antiquity Series, no. 4. Sheffield, England: Almond, 1985. A comparative social-scientific discussion of the stages in moving from a segmentary society to a centralized state.

Hackett, Jo Ann. “1 and 2 Samuel.” In The Women's Bible Commentary, ed. Carol A. Newsom and Sharon Ringe, 85–95. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster/John Knox, 1992. A consideration and explanation of the various women's roles and gender issues in the books of Samuel, including a discussion of method.

McCarter, P. Kyle, Jr. I Samuel. Anchor Bible, vol. 8. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1980. A sound and readable commentary stressing historical and text-critical issues.

Naveh, Joseph. Early History of the Alphabet. Jerusalem: Magnes, 1987. A survey of the earliest alphabetic inscriptions and of the later evolution of the script traditions.

Seow, Choon-Leong. “Ark of the Covenant.” In Anchor Bible Dictionary, ed. David Noel Freedman, 1.386–93. New York: Doubleday, 1992. A concise and complete discussion of the history and literary uses of the ark.

Stager, Lawrence E. “The Song of Deborah: Why Some Tribes Answered the Call and Others Did Not.” Biblical Archaeology Review 15, no. 1 (January–February 1989): 51–64. A study of Judges 5 utilizing linguistic and archaeological evidence, especially settlement patterns.

Wilson, Robert R. Sociological Approaches to the Old Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984. A short, informative introduction, including test cases.

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