Every time we open our Bibles with the intention of studying the word of God in a methodical and responsible way, we are always challenged by the passage we have in front of us. Date, authorship, historical context, theology, and literary issues should always be considered by Bible students. The book of Psalms is one of those books that present extra challenges to readers. Why? Well, the writings this book contains were written by different authors, who lived in different epochs of the history of Israel, and under different circumstances and occasions. For that reason, students need to consider the author and the context for every Psalm individually, as if they were isolated from each other.
These challenges force students and pastors to obtain top level commentaries, as the one we are reviewing here. A Commentary on the Psalms, (Allen P. Ross, PhD), Volume 3, is the one that closes the superb work on the book of Psalms made by the aforementioned author. The three volumes are part of the very well know and valued Kregel Exegetical Library. This volume comprises chapters 90 through 150. In it, Ross continues his thorough work, preceded by volumes 1 and 2, where he disseminates every Psalms verse by verse. He divides his study into two main sections, which are Introduction and Commentary in Expository Form. He also includes a Message and Application section at the end of every chapter.
Introductions include Text and Textual Variants, Composition and Context, and Exegetical Analysis. The commentary sections are presented in an outlined method, which make this commentary an invaluable resource for pastor preaching or teaching on the book of Psalms. Dr. Ross’ commentary offers generous explanations and solid commentaries.
Message and Application sections are an invaluable tool that helps the reader to make personal applications of the book of Psalms for us today. These applicatory sections are similar in nature to the conclusion and application of an expository sermon. In fact, the whole commentary has the same structure as expository sermons have. Another reason I recommend this book to every pastor, minister, and Bible students in general.
Readers who are not familiar with Hebrew language may feel intimidated by Ross’ commentary, but this is only before you really start reading the book. The author does not exaggerate the usage of Hebrew terms, so readers who are not familiar with this biblical language can read the commentary without fearing not understanding it. Ross strategically includes Hebrew terminology when he thinks it is appropriate and necessary, and he does so brilliantly.
This master piece composed by three generous volumes (2736 pages in total) would be an incredible addition to any pastoral or church library. I anticipate this work will be a point of reference and an outstanding work for many decades. I cannot think of any other recent commentary on the book of Psalms that can even compete with Ross’ work in terms of quality and price-value. Highly recommendable.
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