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The Oxford History of the Biblical World An in-depth chaptered work by leading scholars providing a chronological overview of the history of biblical times.

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Biblical Archaeologist 47 (1984): 65–120. A collection of four articles on Mari by Marie-Henriette Gates, Dennis Pardee and Jonathan Glass, André Lemaire, and Jack Sasson, which, although now dated, provides an excellent discussion of this important site.

Chavalas, Mark W., ed. Emar: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age. Bethesda, Md.: CDL, 1996. The first substantial introduction in English to this important site and its archives.

Coogan, Michael David, ed. and trans. Stories from Ancient Canaan. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1978. Accessible translations of the major Ugaritic myths.

Cross, Frank Moore. Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic: Essays in the History of the Religion of Israel. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1973. The classic discussion of the relationship between Canaanite and Israelite religion.

Eichler, Barry L. “Nuzi and the Bible: A Retrospective.” In Dumu-e 2 -dub-ba-a: Studies in Honor of Åke W. Sjöberg, ed. Hermann Behrens, Darlene Loding, and Martha T. Roth, 107–19. Philadelphia: University Museum, 1989. A fine discussion of Nuzi's place in biblical studies.

Gurney, O. R. The Hittites. Rev. ed. New York: Penguin, 1990. Excellent introduction to Hittite history and culture.

Klengel, Horst. Syria: 3000 to 300 B.C.: A Handbook of Political History. Berlin: Akademie, 1992. The best description in English of Syrian history for this period.

Mazar, Amihai. Archaeology of the Land of the Bible 10,000–586 B.C.E. New York: Doubleday, 1990. Chapters 6 and 7 provide an excellent summary of archaeological material from the Middle and Late Bronze Ages in Palestine.

Moran, William L., ed. and trans. The Amarna Letters. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992. Superb translation of these important documents.

Parker, Simon B., ed. Ugaritic Narrative Poetry. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997. Solid translations of the major Ugaritic texts.

Pettinato, Giovanni. Ebla: A New Look at History. Trans. C. Faith Richardson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. The most recent general study of Ebla in English, with many controversial interpretations.

Singer, Itamar. “A Concise History of Amurru.” Appendix in Shlomo Izre'el, Amurru Akkadian: A Linguistic Study, 2.135–94. Harvard Semitic Studies, 41. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991. Although included in a technical book, this very readable synthesis provides an excellent overview of a major region dealt with in the Amarna letters.

Vaux, Roland de. The Early History of Israel. Trans. David Smith. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1978. After a quarter century, still a valuable discussion of the ancestral traditions in Genesis.

Wilhelm, Gernot. The Hurrians. Trans. Jennifer Barnes. Warminster, England: Aris & Phillips, 1989. Important introduction to the Hurrians, especially the state of Mitanni during the Late Bronze Age.

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