This revised edition features new contributions by experts in contemporary biblical scholarship and this readable resource introduces each book of the Bible and interprets it section by section. Articles place Scripture in its historical, literary, and interpretive contexts. Features photo-illustrations, charts, and maps. Entries are cross-referenced to the companionHarperCollins Bible Dictionary. The commentary covers all of the Hebrew Bible, as well as the books of the Apocrypha and those of the New Tesatament and thus addresses the biblical canons of Judiasm, Cathol- icism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. Its innovative format covers the books of the Bible in three ways: general essays setting the literary, cultural, and historical context for the entire Bible, articles intro- ducing major sections of the Bible, and commentaries on the individual books themselves by the finest contemporary biblical scholars.