Are you looking for the best reference work for obtaining book-by-book, chapter-by-chapter Bible background information for history, geography, archaeology, and culture? I highly recommend Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (5-volume set) for the Old Testament edited by John H. Walton. Top-notch Old Testament scholars who contributed to this set include:

  • Numbers, R. Dennis Cole
  • Deuteronomy, Eugene E. Carpenter
  • Joshua, Richard S. Hess
  • Judges, Daniel I. Block
  • 1 & 2 Samuel, V. Philips Long
  • 2 Chronicles, Frederick J. Mabie
  • Ezra and Nehemiah, Edwin M. Yamauchi
  • Esther, Anthony Tomasino
  • Isaiah, David W. Baker
  • Joel and Zephaniah, Mark W. Chavalas
  • Obadiah and Nahum, Alan R. Millard
  • Habakkuk, Victor H. Matthews
  • Malachi, Andrew E. Hill
  • Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, Duane Garrett

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