Review: A Commentary on the Psalms: 90-150

22522791Allen P. Ross is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Ross has earned a Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books, including, Introducing Biblical Hebrew, Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus, Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis, Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation, and a recently completed three-volume commentary on the Psalms in the Kregel Exegetical Library.

The third and final volume in this highly acclaimed exegetical goldmine of a commentary will come as little surprise to those familiar with the previous contribution. Ross delivers a depth of exegetical reflection and insight as he guides the reader through each of the remaining Psalms (90-150). For each Psalm that Ross treats he provides an original translation with textual notes. This feature alone is worth the admission price of the book for those interested in textual related issues. The comments that follow begin with a detailed treatment of the context, shadowed by an exegetical outline and extensive phrase-by-phrase commentary on the Hebrew text. Finally, each of the Psalms concludes with an application section to bridge the contextual gap.

The sheer size of this third volume (1040 pages) almost guarantees its usefulness. Like the two volumes before it, Ross has packed this volume full of textual and linguistic information that is oriented towards equipping the pastor and teacher with the tools needed to better understand and communicate the Psalms. There are a number of commentaries available on the Psalms and an abundance of resources at the reader’s disposal, but few will provide the level of detail and usefulness of organization as the three volume work by Allen P. Ross. If you are looking for a commentary on the Psalms, specifically Psalms 90-150, that will provide you nearly everything needed for an in-depth exploration of the Psalter then look no further. But don’t stop there, I would encourage you to grab the whole set!! It comes highly recommended!

 

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

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