This volume is a scholarly tribute to Bustenay Oded’s distinguished career from some of his many contemporaries, colleagues, and for- mer students who not only admire and are constantly inspired by his achievements, but also count him as a friend. Professor Oded, one of the leading scholars of the History of Ancient Israel, was born in Jerusalem in 1933. At the age of 21 he began his stud-ies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the departments of Bible and Jewish History. In 1964–1965 he was a research student at SOAS in London where he studied with D. J. Wiseman and H. W. F. Saggs. In 1967 he received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Jerusa- lem. His dissertation, written under the supervision of B. Mazar and A. Malamat, was entitled Israelite Transjordan during the Monarchic Age.