There is a wealth of resources for studying the ancient Near East. If you are looking for backgrounds on a specific biblical passage, there are two outstanding resources. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament provides a great bibliography, insightful comments, and beautiful pictures for all of the books in the Old Testament. The IVP Bible Backgrounds Commentary is not as thorough as ZIBBCOT, but provides some helpful summaries regarding backgrounds issues and sources. Bellow you will find some helpful Text Anthologies, History books, and encyclopediae.