Reading the Old Testament is a clear and carefully organized introduction for contemporary readers. It is designed to guide the student of the Bible through the text and its problems, enrich their understanding of the individual biblical books,
and explore the way the Bible came to be written.
Excellent Introduction to Biblical Studies!
Understanding the Old Testament
By Bernhard W. Anderson
Presents a study of the Old Testament by interweaving historical, archaeological, literary, and religious perspectives. The book traces the story of the people of Israel from the Exodus in the time of Moses through the dawn of the Common Era. It considers the importance of literary criticism and other methods for understanding the literature of ancient Israel; and treats the latest archaeological discoveries that illuminate the Old Testament period.
One of the Best College Textbooks!
You Can Understand the Bible
By Peter Kreeft
Ignatius Press (2005)
Many people are often understandably intimidated or overwhelmed by the sheer size and complexity of the Bible. But now popular author and Boston College professor Peter Kreeft has written a clear road map of the Bible, focusing his keen insight and engaging wit on the core message of each book.
An Easy to Read Guide to Scripture...
Every Catholic's Guide to the Sacred Scriptures
By Thomas Nelson Publishers
Thomas Nelson Inc (1990)
This work introduces each book of the Bible, shares articles about Catholic teaching, the history of the Bible, and Biblical themes, and lists suggested reading for the Church year.
Still a Classic Today!
Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden
By Thomas Nelson
LB Press (1963)
Though apocryphal in nature, these books - suppressed by the Church Fathers - are fascinating and beautifully written. Here you can read for yourself many of the manuscripts which were excluded form the Cannon of Scripture, and discover new appreciation for those which were chosen.
A Definite Read for any Biblical Scholar!
Legends of the Bible
By Louis Ginzberg
The Jewish Publication Society (1992)
Widely read with reverence, the books of the Bible have moved minds and hearts for thousands of years. The content and words of Scripture inspired the legends of the Bible.
This single volume contains a selection of tales chosen from the classic The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg, acknowledged as one of the world’s outstanding talmudic scholars.
Discover the Original Stories of the Bible!
King David: A Biography
By Steven L. McKenzie
Oxford University (2002)
"A provocative look at a complex biblical figure....McKenzie uses biblical texts and recent archaeological discoveries to paint a searing portrait of the 'real' King David."
--The Sunday Star-Ledger
A purely historical approach to King David...
The Oxford History of the Biblical World
Michael D. Coogan (Editor)
Oxford University (2001)
The Oxford History of the Biblical World incorporates the best of scholarship with chronologically ordered chapters that present the reader with an integrated study of the history, art, architecture, languages, literatures, and religion of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger
The Complete Guide to Biblical Studies!
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings
By John W. Rogerson
Thames & Hudson (1999)
Covering a span of 1,500 years, Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings charts all the leaders of Israel from the Ancestors, through the united monarchy under David and Solomon, to the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, Persian and Greek rule and, finally, Roman domination.
The Best Publication on the Biblical Kings!
The Bible as History
By Dr. Werner Keller and Joachim Rohork
William Morrow (2015)
A classic text and breathtaking journey to the heart of Holy Scripture, The Bible as History pieces together one of the most stunning spiritual puzzles in the history of mankind.
Have you ever wondered about the Bible’s fascinating history or the scientific and historical studies that have been conducted to support its numerous accounts?
Battles Of The Bible
By Brenda Lewis
Chartwell Books (2009)
Battles of the Bible is a detailed and comprehensive examination of the military events of the bible, supported by the latest biblical and archaeological research. Beautiful maps chart the course of the campaigns, demonstrating the battle tactics and movements used in Ancient conflicts.
A Great Companion to the Study of Biblical Warfare!
Battles of the Bible- A Military History of Ancient Israel
A revised edition of a study of the wars of ancient Israel, which ranges from the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua's command to the Maccabees' successful rebellion against Seleucid domination, updated to take account of new research, with new maps and plans throughout.
The Most Detailed Account of the Biblical Wars...
Great People of the Bible and How They Lived
By G. Ernest Wright
Reader's Digest (1974)
An invaluable family reference work as well as fascinating history, this work brings new insights into the great ages of the Old and New Testaments. In its pages Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and all of the other great figures of the Bible are seen in the context of their own times. More than 200 color photos show Biblical sites and artifacts that still exist today.
Striking landscape photographs capture the beauty and drama of the Holy Land in a way that evokes the stirring times of the Bible. Informative maps show the places and terrain where the people of the Old and New Testaments made their migrations, built their cities, fought their wars, and nurtured their enduring faith.
If you own any Biblical Book... This should be it!
The Great Courses - The Hebrews & The Old Testament
Documentaries - The Hebrews & The Old Testament
The Mysteries of the Garden of Eden
2009 – History
In the Bible, the Garden of Eden is an earthly paradise taken away as punishment for the sins of humankind. But, is it possible that scientific evidence can prove that the Garden really existed?
Now, DECODING THE PAST devotes its authoritative resources to exploring the true nature behind this legendary place.
The Children of Abraham
2005 – History
In this thought-provoking three-part series, Mark Dowd, a Catholic who trained to be a Dominican Friar, embarks on a very personal journey to the Holy Land, Egypt, Turkey, Bosnia and the USA to explore the shared roots and deep enmities of the three faiths, and to discover if there is hope in a shared future.
(Footprints of God Series)
2009 - Ignatius
Born a slave, raised a prince, and humbled in exile, Moses returned to confront the mighty Pharaoh with only a staff and the promise of God. Join Steve Ray, best-selling author and popular Bible teacher, in this edition of the Footprints of God series as he takes you on an incredible journey of discovery through Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Together you'll discover how Moses, the Exodus, and the Hebrew experience in the wilderness point to the coming of Christ and our salvation.
David & Solomon (Footprints Series)
2009 – Ignatius
With this edition, host Steve Ray takes viewers on a firsthand tour through the mountains and deserts of Israel in search of David and Solomon. Along the way, you'll see not only where they lived and where they ruled, but also why and how. While pondering questions such as why was Jesus called Son of David and how did the kingdom of Israel anticipate the Catholic Church, Ray explores the captivating sights and history of the Holy Land.
Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls
2010 – Nat Geo
For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. For the first time, a revolutionary theory argues that the answer may be inside the Pyramid.
Digging for the Truth
2005 - History
Whether investigating ancient tunnels, crossing the icy waters of Lake Titicaca, or scaling the peaks of the Alps, explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein takes viewers on a rollicking quest to unlock the world's greatest mysteries. This show journeys to the most intriguing and dangerous places on earth as Josh uncovers astonishing secrets about some of history's most enigmatic civilizations.
The Naked Archaeologist
2005 – History
Simcha Jocobovici hosts this 26-part series, stripping biblical archaeology naked and treating the Bible stories with his own brand of investigative journalism.
2009 – History
Prepare for a riveting portrayal of some of the most exciting battles of ancient history as well as the tales of betrayal, lust, conquest and brutality that often accompanied them. Battles BC, the exciting series from HISTORY, uses computer graphics and live-action stunts to bring to life the battle strategies, tactics, and weapons of past military leaders, from Hannibal and the Romans to Moses, the Athenians, and David.
Noah's Ark – The Real Story
2003 – Discovery
Search for the truth behind the story of Noah and his ark. Find out how Noah could have built such a structure and whether or not a great flood took place on the earth. The search for remains of the ark continues today.
The Mysteries of the Bible
1994 – A&E
Filmed on location throughout the Holy Land this fascinating collection explores the latest archaeological discoveries and scientific research to probe for answers to some of the greatest riddles of the Scriptures.
2007 – History
In one of the most hostile lands on the planet, an ancient people called the Israelites forged an army and carved out an empire.In this feature-length special, we explore the biblical world from a military perspective from the time of Abraham until David's ascension to the throne. Blood often flows more freely than holy water in the days of the Old Testament, and the military secrets of the Bible have yet to be revealed...until now!
Empires - The Kingdom of David
2003 – PBS
In 586 B.C., the Babylonians lead almost all that remains of the tribe of Judah - the Israelites - to exile in Babylon. Only a few generations earlier, the northern tribes of the Israelites were taken into exile and vanished forever. Now the Judeans, too, seem destined to disappear. They fight back, however, by writing a book. Using Judean stories from the past to explain present disastrous situations, the book becomes the earliest edition of the most influential work in history: the Bible.
2015 - PBS
The Dead Sea Scrolls are widely considered to be one of the greatest archaeological finds in modern history. More than a half century after their discovery, scientists are still trying to solve the mystery of who wrote them. With special access to the scrolls, National Geographic goes beyond the enclosed glass case to examine the actual texts up close and explores the caves where they were found. Witness as a new clue to the identity of the scrolls' writers is deciphered-a 2,000-year-old cup inscribed with a strange text. Could analysis of this finding unravel the mystery?
The Living Bible Series (1952)
The Living Bible Collection diligently walks you through the Old Testament which encompasses events and characters, from the book of Genesis to the book of Malachi including Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon and many more. The stories are full of love, hope and faith.
Joseph (The Bible Collection) (1995)
As the Bible says, Joseph (Paul Mercurio) was cast into a pit by his jealous brothers and pled for mercy, but they turned a deaf ear and sold young Joseph into slavery in Egypt. There, Joseph used his gift for divining dreams to become Pharaoh's most trusted aide. After saving Egypt from famine, Joseph is later found by his brothers when they travel to Egypt in search of food -- and he forgives them. Ben Kingsley and Martin Landau co-star.
The Story of David (1976)
After defeating the massive Philistine Goliath (Antonio Tarruella) using a meager sling and a stone, humble young shepherd David (Timothy Bottoms) follows his destiny to become king of Israel -- and to fall in love with the married Bathsheba.
Jeremiah (The Bible Collection) (1998)
Jeremiah tells the story of the prophet who abandons his family, and also the woman he loves, in order to relay God's message in Jerusalem. Although his warning about the destruction of the Holy City results in him being branded as a traitor and persecuted, he continues fearlessly with his mission. His prophecy comes true and he is forced to experience first hand how Jerusalem is destroyed by the Babylonians and how the inhabitants are taken as prisoners to Babylon.
Abraham (The Bible Collection) (1994)
Abram (Richard Harris) lives in Harran, a rich city. His wife Sarah (Barbara Hershey) is childless, and their only heir is Eliezer of Damascus. One day he hears the voice of God, who says that he must leave Haran and travel to an unknown land. God promises to make a great nation from him and renames him Abraham. The pattern for the plot is the Genesis chapters 11-25.
Moses (The Bible Collection) (1996)
An ordinary man is called upon by God to do the impossible in this lovingly told production of the Old Testament story. When the Pharaoh of Egypt begins to tighten the noose on his Jewish slaves, Moses (Ben Kingsley) leads them to freedom. Philip Stone, Anthony Higgins, Anton Lesser and Anita Zagaria are featured in this award-winning installment from TNT's "greatest stories of the Bible" series directed by Roger Young.
David (The Bible Collection) (1997)
Nathaniel Parker stars as David, the shepherd boy who grew to be king of Israel, as his saga comes to life in this epic production originally broadcast on TNT -- part of a series of tales from the Old and New Testament. From his legendary battle with the Philistine giant Goliath to his struggles with King Saul (Jonathan Pryce) -- and his love for a forbidden woman (Sheryl Lee) -- David's life is full of unforgettable dramas. Leonard Nimoy co-stars.
The Bible (2013)
Re-creating the Bible's vision of human and divine history for contemporary audiences, this sweeping miniseries incorporates key biblical stories and parables, vividly dramatizing the ancient tales -- from Adam and Eve to the revelation of St. John.
Jacob (The Bible Collection) (1994)
In this inspiring tale from the book of Genesis, young shepherd Jacob (Matthew Modine) falls in love with and wants to marry Rachel (Lara Flynn Boyle), the daughter of his Uncle Laban (Giancarlo Giannini). Lacking a dowry, Jacob toils seven years as his uncle's indentured servant to win Rachel's hand. But calculating Laban dupes him into another seven years of labor. Irene Papas portrays Jacob's iron-willed mother.
Samson and Delilah (The Bible Collection) (1996)
Gifted with enormous strengths that also leave him vulnerable to the selfishness of others, Samson soon learns what kind of person Delilah truly is. But he must prove himself a hero during his darkest hours. The task is this: avoid Delilah's wily ways once and for all and stay true to his God-fearing spirit. Dennis Hopper and Diana Rigg star as the biblical Samson and his nefarious lady-in-waiting, Delilah, in this retelling of the age-old story.
Solomon (The Bible Collection) (1997)
King Solomon's ascent -- from mama's boy to a sovereign famous for his wisdom and international coalitions -- is recounted in this two-part, made-for-TV movie. Part 1 depicts the rivalry between Solomon (Ben Cross) and his half-brother, while Part 2 explores the notion that Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Vivica A. Fox) shared more than just a political partnership. The script interleaves background information to provide a historical framework.
The Bible ...In the Beginning (1966)
Filmmaker John Huston directs this elaborate, star-studded epic inspired by the first 22 chapters of the book of Genesis. Tales include Abraham's sacrifice, the creation of Noah's Ark, Adam and Eve's temptation, and Cain murdering his brother, Abel. As Noah, Huston also turns in a supporting performance, and heavyweights such as Peter O'Toole, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner and Franco Nero portray Biblical characters.