This book was the required text for an OT survey class I am auditing. However, if you are looking for a book that will give you a solid grounding in OT, you may be disappointed in this particular text.
I had anticipated that the required text for this class would focus primarily on what the OT actually says. This book failed to meet that expectation. It inserts a great deal from evangelical / NT perspective + a lot of theory / suppositions from scholars inclined to read their own ideas into the text and into other resources they choose to cite. It would have been better if authors had simply let the OT text speak for itself. For example, it would have been helpful if authors had included more explanations of Hebrew words / idioms from original text that might not be clear to us in modern world.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a text that includes evangelical interpretation of OT, this book provides a generous helping of that.
This is the textbook used in my Bible college for Old Testament Survey first year course. It was the most colorful but theologically the weakest book I studied from. The strenghts include a CD-ROM, a lot of illustrations and maps.
There are two specific things I didn't like in the contents. First was the term "retribution theology" used to explain about the Blessings and Curses as presented in the Books of Moses. I find it offensive to refer to God's spiritual law as important as the Blessings and Curses by the term "retribution theology".
The second thing is too much emphasis on historical and literary criticism of the Bible. Literary and historical criticism has its roots in Germany and it led to liberal theology through questioning the innerancy of the Bible.
I don't we should give credibility to God's enemies such as Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher or Rudolf Bultmann. I would rather fill my brain with things that are true, noble and just. The textbook could mention the issues, but without legitimizing the historical and literary criticism.