I would have to consider this book to be a classic, and one of a kind. In other words it is 'thick.' Although it is somewhat of a heafty read, it is a 'must have' for reference if you are wanting to study the Old Testament. The book is divided into two main sections: Part 1 "General Introduction" which deals with complex issues of canonicity, historicity, and among other things, higher criticism. Part 2 "Special Introduction" is more like a survey of individual O.T. books, with outlines and many other helps. This book is replete with illustration charts which helps keep the various topics in perspective. It has 4 major appendixes, not to mention a section of Selected Bibliography, subject, author and Scripture indexes. 608 pages of good stuff. Published by Moody Press.