on 9 December 2006
If you want a historical overview of the history of the people of Israel from the Exodus to the Fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. then this is for you. For those who know the writings of F.F.Bruce it will be no surprise that this is a scholarly evangelical treatment of the subject, which acknowledges and uses historical evidence from non-biblical sources as well as biblical ones. Because it was originally written in the 1960s David Payne has lightly updated the text.
If you want a lot of detail on any particular aspect of the history of Israel then the book will probably disappoint, but its brevity and its concentration on the big picture is its great strength. For the inter-testamental period a little more detail is included because this is the historical period with which most readers will be least familiar.
The book also includes some really useful appendices, giving lists of kings, high priests, governors and so on, as well as selected family trees.
It sheds a lot of historical light on the Bible for the general reader. Highly recommended.