One of the more popular new resources we released at the annual conferences of ETS and SBL was The Context of Scripture.
This is an impressive collection of Ancient Near Eastern documents which shed light on the historical, literary, and religious context in which the Hebrew Bible was written. Edited by William W. Hallo and published by Brill in three print volumes, The Context of Scripture contains English translations of Egyptian, Hittite, Akkadian, Sumerian, and western Semitic creation myths, king lists, court documents, poems, wisdom literature, etc. The contents include familiar works such as the Enuma Elish, Epic of Gilgamesh, Mesha Inscription, Cyrus Cylinder, etc., along with a vast amount of obscure material which would otherwise be inaccessible to most students.
Best of all, many of these documents contain cross-references to related Biblical passages. So, for example, if I'm reading God's instructions to Abraham in Genesis 15:9 to cut several animals in two and arrange the pieces opposite each other, I can click in the verse reference to select it, then choose Context of Scripture from the Resource palette. Immediately I'll be taken to a similar Hittite ritual; and as I click the Mark buttons to explore other references to Genesis 15:9, I'll find a discussion of similar kinds of "perpetuity" oaths. Being able to see such seemingly strange Old Testament practices in their cultural and religious context can give us a much clearer understanding of what's really going on.
Perhaps the best recommendation of The Context of Scripture I can give you comes from a long-time user who wrote us an e-mail shortly after we announced all the new releases:
I hope that the staff at OakTree will have a blog entry talking about "Context of Scripture".
In the news section on the website, I had totally ignored it since there was no description and it sounded quite basic. It wasn't until I saw the e-mailed newsletter and I realized it was the work edited by Hallo & Younger. (I have thought that the older Pritchard's ANET would have been nice in Accordance.)
Perhaps there are others like me who have passed over the mention of COS not realizing what it is.
OakTree should sound the trumpet for COS!
Consider the trumpet officially sounded!