Israel and the Nations: The History of Israel from the Exodus to the Fall of the Second Temple
Publisher InterVarsity Press
The story of Israel is one of the outstanding tales of human history. Israel, occupying a narrow strip of land between sea and desert, was positioned on an international highway of commerce and warfare. This was a people whose future would be intertwined with the stories of nations great and small.F. F. Bruce shapes the daunting complexities of this history, nearly fourteen hundred years from the exodus to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, into straight prose that sparkles with clarity. More than half of the book is devoted to the postexilic history of Israel, the "intertestamental" period and the first-century history that forms the backdrop of the New Testament.First published in 1963, Israel and the Nations has achieved wide recognition as an excellent introduction to the history of Israel. This new edition, carefully revised by David F. Payne, includes some new material and a revised bibliography.
Everything F.F. Bruce writes is worth reading. This is a great intro to OT history and a great compliment to his NT history. Spans from the Exodus to 70 a.d. With that being said, really only half the book is background to the biblical portion of the OT(100 pages). Will be looking for a lengthier treatment.