As our readers all know, this year’s Sunday School curriculum focuses on the Old Testament. As a fairly typical product of the Latter-day Saint religious education system, I really know nothing about the Old Testament beyond the contents of the institute manual. So one goal I have for this year is to read a bit of the scholarly literature about the Old Testament and thus to at least get my feet wet in what is obviously an immense and highly developed intellectual exchange.

The only problem is: I have no idea where to start. My guess is that there are plenty of other people in the LDS online world in the same predicament. So, for those of you with some expertise on the subject, what would be your two or three recommended first readings for people with a strong general education but no knowledge base whatsoever in Old Testament studies?