This revised edition, published in 1960, brings up to date a book first published in 1954—a concisely organized, simply written account of the society that produced the Bible. As the author traces the fluctuating fortunes of the Hebrews and Israelites between about 2000 and 300 B.C.E., the reader can see how Jewish religious concepts developed in the context of actual historical situations.
"Orlinsky... not only writes with the authority that comes from a profound knowledge of modern biblical scholarship but also with the insight of one who dearly loves the Scriptures of the Hebrew people.... Highly rewarding for the general reader."
Benito Celada, Bibliotheca Orientalis