The Old Testament tells the story of a particular nation, ancientIsrael, from its origins to its collapse in the face of foreigninvaders. But what sort of story is this? How does it fit in with thefindings of archaeological explorations of ancient Syro-Palestine?Joshua to Kings picks up the two aspects of the story told in the books from Joshua to 2 Kings, that of an actual historical society and that of a literary presentation of a nation, told from a religious perspective.By exploring the contents of these books the student is led into theuse of basic tools for biblical study, such as historical criticism, narrative criticism and ideological criticism, in order to engage in astructured manner with the task of reading and interpreting biblicaltexts in the modern world. For this third edition the text has been revised and updated to take into account the changes and shifts in scholarship. Reading lists and bibliographies have been comprehensively revised.