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A Commentary on the Psalms: 1-41 (Kregel Exegetical Library) Hardcover – February 9, 2012
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Allen P. Ross, Ph D, University of Cambridge, is professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He is the author of Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis and Holiness to the LORD: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus.
"Ross has given us the rich reflections of decades of research and teaching. But make no mistake. This is no sterile tome; it is a thorough, erudite exposition grounded in a deep faith for which students of the Psalms will be grateful for years to come."
M. Daniel Carroll R., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary
"Every generation or so a benchmark publication emerges that eclipses all works of the genre that have preceded it and sets the standard for all subsequent attempts. Ross has accomplished this in his massive three volume commentary on Psalms."
Eugene Merrill, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary
"Professor Ross's extensive and superb introduction alone is worth the purchase of the commentary."
C. Hassell Bullock, Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus, Wheaton College
"An invaluable tool for all those who seek to understand and expound the Book of Psalms. …[Ross] guides the expositor through each step of observation, analysis, interpretation, and application, which if followed are sure to enrich preaching and teaching of the Psalms."
John N. Oswalt, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary
"This commentary, which is the culmination of his years of research and reflection on the Psalter, exhibits the exegetical skill and theological insight that readers have come to expect from this outstanding scholar…It is the finest commentary on the Psalms available today."
Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., Chair and Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
About the Author
Allen P. Ross (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School. Prior to this, he taught at Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry and Dallas Theological Seminary. His publications include Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis, Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus, and Introducing Biblical Hebrew.
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In seminary, we used Ross' grammar for first & second year Hebrew; all this to say that he is indeed a top-notch Hebrew scholar (you can also see his excellent commentary on Genesis to confirm his profound understanding on parallelism, chiasms, etc.). However, he has a pastor's heart. The chapters are virtually sermons. I own Wilson's NIVAC commentary (vol. 1) on Psalms, and this is far more practical IMHO. Also, I own Goldingay's massive 3 volume commentary series on the Psalms. I prefer Ross; he just seems to use the Hebrew when it's needed, whereas Goldingay leaves me frustrated most of the time I reference him. This is meatier than Van Gemeren's, as there is much more room for him to explain prose, the Hebrew words, grammar, etc. Yet it's so unbelievably practical.
If I could rate this higher than 5 stars, I would. Preacher's you need this volume. I've been waiting for years for this to come out; this was worth the wait. Now I eagerly await further volumes. (Finally, Ross is a first rate biblical theological scholar as well [see his "recalling the hope of glory"]; basically, he understands the progressive 'big picture' of God's redemptive purposes as they unfold & culminate in fulfillment in the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection & return of Jesus Christ). Soli Deo Gloria!
The first psalm I chose to evaluate is arguably the most important in the entire collection--Psalm 1. It's place at the head of the psalter is not accidental and, as Ross argues, it along with Psalm 2 sets the theme for the whole psalter: the way the righteous are to live among the ungodly and the salvation the righteous have in their divinely chosen king (182). Psalm 1 is indeed concerned with the comparison of the righteous and the wicked and Ross ably works through the details so that the reader is clear on some of the important nuances in the descriptions. One aspect here I appreciate is his attention to the description of the ungodly (which plays out primarily in the footnotes).Read more ›
Ross' approach to the text is very thoughtful. He is seeking to clearly allow the truth of the text to speak to today's reader. Unlike many commentaries, Ross' work is written on a level that those without formal theological training can interact with the text. However, he does not avoid the detailed exegesis of the text. The footnotes delve deep into the Hebrew of the psalms.
The most helpful portions of this commentary are the outlines of the psalms and the single sentence summaries of the central message of the psalm. In a church culture where the psalms are frequently neglected in the pulpit, Ross provides pastors with a helpful resource to begin approaching the beautiful passages that comprise the psalms. This is a very helpful and readable commentary that would be suitable for both the lay student of the Bible and the biblical scholar alike.
When it comes to deeply exegetical commentaries on the Psalms there is very little to offer. Outside of the Word, Tyndale, NACOT (only the 2nd so far)and NIVACOT series there are not many and there is nothing within the NICOT to date. In an effort to provide a solid exposition of the Psalms Allen P. Ross has turned his years of research and study on the Psalms into a commentary for Kregel, A Commentary on the Psalms: Vol. 1 (1-41). This is the first of three volumes by Ross.
The introduction of the book covers a number of issues related to the Psalms. Among other things there is a short history of the interpretation of Psalms, discussion on the various types of Psalms (praise, lament, etc.), a guide on types of literary features within the various Psalms and a short intro to the theology of the Psalms. Concluding the introduction is a brief overview of the exegetical method employed throughout the book. Ross offers a number of helpful tips and guidelines for the exegesis process. Each chapter follows the same structure:
1. Introduction - The Psalm itself, including textual variants in the footnotes.
2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This volume 1 (of 3) has more than 150 pages of introductory material, covering:
"Value of the Psalms" (Ross says, “It is impossible to express adequately the... Read more
This is the only commentary one needs for studying the Psalms. Comprehensive and Insightful for both students of the Bible as well as new Christians.Published 4 months ago by Marcia Hornok
If you love exegesis, you will love Allen Ross's dealings with the Psalms in these three volumes. As a Hebrew scholar, Ross skillfully gives the thrust of grammar and syntax in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kraig Pullam
I researched a few commentaries before I decided to purchase this commentary. This by far, is one of the best commentaries in my library. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Phoenix AZ
Excellent! One of the best commentaries on Psalms available.Published 14 months ago by Alvin L. Thompson
Absolutely wonderful! A lot of scholarly research went into this commentary. The Psalms at it's best! Buy it and you will want the other two volumes.Published 15 months ago by GBJ
The book of Psalms is the "book of praises" was the hymnbook of Israel. Contains chants and praises of believers and focuses on our worship of God; described as is and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Armando Valdez
Purchased by a conservative Bible college as a library resource upon request of the Bible and Theology Dept Chair.Published 20 months ago by Bible college librarian