Web Resources for OT Studies

This list of web resources for the Old Testament studies was brought from K. C. Hanson’s book Introducing the Bible: Study Guide (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), Don C. Benjamin’s book The Old Testament Story: Study Guide (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), and Rebecca J. Kruger Gaudino’s Theology of the Old Testament Study Guide (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005).

I. Introducing the Old Testament

ABZU (Charles E. Jones; Oriental Institute)

Ancient World on the Web (K. C. Hanson; Fortress Press)

Old Testament Gateway (Tabor College, Australia)

OT & Ancient Near East (Ralph W. Klein; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago)

Ancient Near Eastern Arts (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Explore Ancient Egypt (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Nuzi and Hurrians (Harvard Semitic Museum)

Map of Israel and Judah in ANE (Harvard Semitic Museum)

Old Testament Apocrypha (Wesley Center Online)

Electronic Scripture Library (Un. of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary)

Bible Maps (Precept Austin)

II. The Foundation of Nation

Highlights of the Collection: Palestine (Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago)

Amarna Tablet #79: Letter of Lib-Hadda to Pharaoh (K. C. Hanson)

Amarna Tablet #286: Letter of Abdi-Heba to Pharaoh (K. C. Hanson)

“The Date of the Exodus: The Historical Study of Scripture” (Dennis Bratcher)

“The Exodus in Biblical Memory” (Ronald Hendel; Univ. of Californai, Berkeley)

“Back to the Future: The Tabernacle in the Book of Exodus” (Ralph W. Klein)

III. A Land Flowing Milk and Honey

Jericho (Bible Places)

Canaan and Ancient Israel (Univ. of Pennsylvania Museum)

Kings of Ugarit (K. C. Hanson)

Ashkelon Excavations (Univ. of Chicago; Harvard)

“Baal (and the Asherah) in Seventh Century Judah” (Baruch Halpern; Penn. Stat.)

Hazor (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Ashkelon (The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon)

IV. A King Like Other Nations

“Society and the Promise to David: Reading 2 Sam 7” (William Schniedewind; UCLA)

The Houses of Ancient Israel (Harvard Semitic Museum)

Tel Dan Inscription (K. C. Hanson)

V. The Two Kingdoms

The Kings of Israel and Judah (K. C. Hanson)

“Hose of YHWH” Inscription (K. C. Hanson)

Moabite Stone (K. C. Hanson)

El Kerak Inscription (K. C. Hanson)

Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 B.C.E.) (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Tiglath-Pileser III Receiving Homage (Detroit Institute of Art)

Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser (K. C. Hanson)

Ekron Inscription (K. C. Hanson)

Widow’s Petition Ostracon (K. C. Hanson)

Yavneh-Yam Ostracon (K. C. Hanson)

Mesopotamian Tree of Life (Vatican Museums)

VI. Judah and Jerusalem

Sennacherib’s Prism (Assyrian) (K. C. Hanson)

Assyrian Officers (K. C. Hanson)

Assyrian Soilders (K. C. Hanson)

Hezekiah’s Tunnel (Mountain Springs Church)

Siloam Inscription (K. C. Hanson)

A Forerunner of Biblical Prophecy: The Mari Documents (Abraham Malamat)

Biblical Prophecy (Robert Wilson)

The Form and Significance of the Call Narrative (Norman Habel)

VII. Babylonian Exile: Dashed Hopes and New Horizons

Ishtar Gate of Babylon (K. C. Hanson)

Lion Detail on the Ishtar Gate (K. C. Hanson)

Ishtar Gate Inscription (K. C. Hanson)

Cyrus Cylinder (K. C. Hanson)

Passover Letter from Elephantine (K. C. Hanson)

Petition to Authorize Elephantine Temple Reconstruction (K. C. Hanson)

VIII. The Challenge of a New Age

Ancient Persia (Livius; Jona Lendering)

Darius the Great (Iran Culture and Information)

Alexander the Great on Web (Tim Spalding)

IX. The Living God

 “The Unriliable Narrator of Job” (James W. Watt, Syracuse Univ.)

“Why God? A Tale of Two Sufferers” (Burton Z. Cooper)

X. God and the World

Emuman Elish- The Epic of Creation (trans. L. W. King)

The Gilgamesh Epic (Stan Rummel Texa Wesleyan Univ.)

The Gilgamesh Epic Tablet 11: an Outline (Humanities Online Gateway)

The Hammurabi Stele (Stan Rummel)

Law in the Ancient Orient (Gateways to Babylon)

The Insctruction of of Ptahhotep (Humanistic Texts)

The Inscruction of Amenemope (Tour Egpyt)

XI. Old Testament Theology

Theology Today Archive (Princeton Theological Seminary, free online-full text articles)

Word & World (Luther Seminary, free online-full text articles)

The Witness Archive (the Anglican Communion, free online-full text articles)

XII. Dictionary for the Old Testament

Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud and Midrashic Literature (Marcus Jastrow, 1926)

Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon (F. W. Gesenius, 1846)


Last updated: April 13, 2009.

7 Responses

  1. Dear Jin Yang, Thanks for your website which was very helpful to me. I am writing a paper on the medium at Endor and needed to know what “bamot” were. Can you refer me to any information specifically about Saul and the medium of Endor? I hope you are enjoying the holidays. I am an (older-62) student of religion at the University of Georgia. Jim McGown

  2. Dear Jim,
    I’m glad to hear that you’ve done with the paper.

  3. Dear Jin Yang, I am starting an Old Testament blog and I am using the basic wordpress.com and cannot figure out how to put in the hebrew text. Could you share with me how you are able to do that please?

    I am a student of the Old Testament, graduated from Simpson University in Redding, CA


  4. Hi Jin Yang. Great website. I wish to know briefly, 1. How many different types of OT TC (Textual critical) methods there are? and 2. What they are called? Many thanks, Philip Engmann.

  5. Philip,
    I dont’ quite understand your questions. Are there many types of the textual criticism in Old Testament studies? But let me explain briefly about the textual criticism.

    1. The textual critics study the history of the transmission of the OT that includes both the Hebrew text and the ancient versions of the Old Testament, such as the Septuagint. On the basis of the history of the transmission, the critics basically compare the texts and versions.

    2. Then the txtual critics seek to determine which of the variant readings is the most acceptable.

    If this does not answer your questions, please ask me again via email.(jinyangkim@hotmail.com). Make sure you clarify your questions.

  6. Dear Jin Yang,
    You list me on your site as working at Fortress Press. I left Fortress in 2005 to become editor in chief at Wipf and Stock Publishers, overseeing the Cascade Books and Pickwick Publications imprints.

    Thanks, K. C.

  7. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve visited this website before
    but after going through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

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