Using photo's and archeological evidence, this book is an excellent primer for understanding the culture, practices, and basic living activities that defined Roman occupied Palestine. A perfect supplement for both scholars and students of the Old Testament and New Testament.
James H. Charlesworth's classic 2 volume compendium The Pseudapigrapha is the fullest compilation of ancient non-canonical Jewish writing available. Originally published by Yale University Press, this critical edition has now been made available from Hendrickson Publishers in paperback.
The Dead Sea Scrolls often seem to be highly specialized and inaccessible. Rediscovering the Dead Sea Scrolls seeks to make access to this complex field easier of by opening an interdisciplinary dialogue, and making methodological discussions accessible to all interested students.
Considered a modern classic, Ancient Israel offers a fascinating, full-scale reconstruction of the social and religious life of Israel in antiquity. Drawing principally on the text of the OT, archaeological evidence and Israel's geo-political context, de Vaux provides an extensive introduction to the nomadic life in Israel.