Divine Drama: The Old Testament as Literature available in Paperback
To make it more approachable, the text is presented with commentary on the same page, in smaller type so that attention is not diverted from the original. The commentary mostly concentrates on literary matters, but provides technical explanations where necessary. In addition, an introduction puts the Hebrew writings in the historical context of the ancient Near East.
The book uses extracts from a variety of translations, preferring the most faithful in language, tone and style for each section. Accuracy is a prime concern, but so is poetry. Above all, the selections seek to bring out the inherent dramatic qualities of the verse dialogues and narrative prose.