Throughout the Hebrew Bible, strangers are indispensable to the formation of a collective Israelite identity. Encounters between the Israelites and their neighbors are among the most urgent matters explored in Biblical narratives, yet relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to them. This book corrects that imbalance by carrying out close readings of the accounts of Israel’s myriad interactions with surrounding nations. It is vital reading for Biblical scholars and others who want to deepen their understanding of the Israelites relationship with neighboring peoples. The book will also be of keen interest to readers with an interest in ancient history and culture.