A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context is an updated, concise, and more pedagogical version of Michael D. Coogan's best–selling The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures 2e (OUP, 2011). Relying on internal evidence, scholarly consensus, and current research, Coogan deals in detail with ancient Near Eastern sources and archaeological data. He works from a primarily historical and critical methodology but also introduces students to literary analysis and other interpretive strategies. Offering the most balanced introduction available, Coogan examines all the books of the Hebrew Bible, not favoring or overemphasizing one over the others. He also considers additional writings from the ancient Near East. The Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical books are included in an appendix.