This comprehensive companion to the Hebrew Bible offers an overview and survey of Old Testament study. It consists of articles from a range of international Old Testament scholars. It covers the history, archaeology, theology, sociology and ancient Near Eastern context of the Hebrew Bible. By addressing questions of methodology and interpretation the text also introduces readers to important issues in the academic study of the Old Testament. The articles are written so as to be accessible to non-specialists whilst also of interest to scholars, since each contributor articulates their own position on their subject. The volume as a whole is introduced by an editorial overview of the discipline, providing the reader with a guide to the interconnections between individual articles.