This is an excellent reference book for Christians as well as Jewish readers. I find the extensive commentary that accompanies the text to be extremely helpful in understanding what people of the Book were thinkiing and feeling as these fascinating stories unfold. I have used this as a source for both Bible Study and for gaining insight for my Adult Sunday School classes and the lessons I have written. The collection of essays and reference material in the addendum will give the reader a glimpse of the many sources of the material, I found the essay on the Dead Sea Scrolls and methods of interpreting Scripture to be both scholarly and entertaining. Several Pastors have seen my copy and ordered this book for their libraries. So, if you think that you know the stories, open the Bible again for the first time!