The forty-six books of the Old Testament offer a rich feast of spiritual nourishment, yet they are by no means the easiest books to read and understand. Without a proper "tour guide," a persons trip through the Old Testament often ends shortly after it begins.
The Stories of the Old Testament takes the difficult task of reading the Old Testament and turns it into an exciting and enjoyable journey. Author Jim Campbell leads readers through central texts, essential stories, and major figures of the Old Testament in one hundred carefully selected readings. Each of the readings is meant to be completed in one sitting and is paired with Jims enlightening guide to the text. Youll also find dozens of short, easy-to-grasp informational pieces that supply the background and commentary youll need to understand the Old Testament in context. Perhaps most important, Jim helps us connect our stories today to those of long ago and see ourselves as a part of Gods ongoing redemptive work that began "in the beginning."
Jim Campbell has been writing about the Bible for Catholic adults and young people for more than thirty years. He is the general editor of the Harpers New American Bible Study
Program and the coauthor of the Finding God religious education program, published by Loyola Press. He has masters degrees in theology and history and a doctorate in ministry in Christian education from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, in St. Louis. He is the author of 52 Simple Ways to Talk with Your Kids about Faith and Stories of the Old Testament. He is the staff theologian at Loyola Press.