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A Commentary on the Psalms Volume 1 (1-41) by Allen P. Ross


Perhaps no book of the Bible captures raw human emotion as much as the Psalms. This is why we turn to it at the height of bliss and the depths of despair. We identify with the psalmist to the point that we believe them to be written on our behalf. Yet there is so much more contained in this beloved collection than emotional experience. There is deep theological truth. There is a sense that something great is happening and we are a small part of it. There is a feeling of community. There is hope and comfort.

For these reasons, I was excited when I saw that Kregel was publishing this set of commentaries on the Psalms. I was even more excited when I saw the author’s name. Allen P. Ross is a respected Hebrew scholar and a perfect choice for the task. He combines a scholar’s approach with a pastor’s heart. The result is not only a brilliant commentary, but also a tool to teach others how to dig into the Psalms themselves and mine the precious ore found therein.

This volume starts with nearly 200 pages of important introductory material. We are taught the value of , the different texts of, the titles and headings of, and the history of the interpretation of the Psalms. We are also shown how to interpret biblical poetry and how to see the different literary forms and functions of the Psalms. Finally, Ross talks about the Psalms in worship, the theology of the Psalms and the exposition of the Psalms. In sum, the introductory material provides the reader with a wonderful hermeneutic to start studying this ancient wisdom. I found the material extremely helpful and am now indebted to Dr. Ross for teaching me how to study this wonderful book of the Bible.

The remaining 600 pages are dedicated to Dr. Ross’s commentary. The introduction of each Psalm begins with the author’s own English rendering of the Hebrew text followed by a section about the composition and context of the Psalm concluding in an exegetical analysis of the Psalm. We are then treated to a commentary in expository form. The author concludes with the message and application of the Psalm.

I believe this to be the best work I have seen on the Psalms and would highly recommend it for students, teachers, and pastors. Some of the language is a bit technical as this is published under the Kregel Academic and Professional label. Some assumptions are made as to the reader’s familiarity with technical terms. But do not be put off by this. There is much here to learn. I hope that many will profit from the insights found between the covers of this book.

My thanks goes out to Kregel for graciously providing this book for the purpose of review.

  • Hardback: 887 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825425622
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