Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings.
The historical books of the Old Testament recount the fortunes of the people of Israel from the conquest of the promised land onwards. Those in Joshua - Kings bring the story up to the point when the independent kingdom of Judah was destroyed by foreign invaders and much of the population deported to Babylon.
This is a book about history, but what it deals with particularly is salvation history; it is part of God's revelation to mankind, and therefore is of enduring religious interest. Many of the great names of salvation history, and their exploits, fill the pages of this volume, and with them the Lord God of Israel engages wooing, commanding, tolerating and punishing them for breaking the Covenant made with Moses during the exodus from Egypt.
Like the other volumes in the standard edition of the Navarre Bible, prepared by Navarre University theology faculty, this volume contains the full biblical text in the Revised Standard Version and the New Vulgate together with extensive commentaries. The commentaries, or notes, help to explain the doctrinal and practical meaning of the scriptural text, drawing on a rich variety of sources, Church documents, the exegesis of Fathers and Doctors, and the works of prominent spiritual writers, particularly Saint Josemaria Escriva, who initiated the Navarre Bible project.