Introduction: the Old Testament as the story of a people. Part 1 The creation of a people: the beginnings of Israel; liberation from bondage; covenant in the wilderness; the promised land; the formation of an all-Israelite epic; the struggle between faith and culture. Part 2 Israel becomes like the nations: the throne of David; prophetic troublers of Israel; fallen is the virgin Israel; Judah's covenant with death; the rediscovery of Mosaic Torah; the doom of the nation. Part 3 The covenant community is renewed: by the waters of Babylon; the dawn of a new age; a kingdom of priests; the praises of Israel; the beginning of wisdom; the unfulfilled drama. Chronological chart. Select bibliography. Author index. Subject index.