Monday, May 16, 2016

"A Commentary on the Psalms, Volume 3" by Allen Ross: A Review

One of the better commentary on the Psalms I have come across is without a doubt Allen P. Ross's three-volume set. The third volume, simply entitled A Commentary on the Psalms (90-150), completes this helpful set. Like the other volumes in the Psalm set, Ross introduces each Psalm and provides a full translation with detailed notes on the Hebrew text. Afterward, he "comments" on the psalm providing key insight for the reader. 

When it comes to commentaries, most are either technical or accessible. This commentary set, and the others in this series, lean on the technical side especially as it relates to the interpretation of the Hebrew text. Ross uses Hebrew letters and terms and thus unless one is educated in the language, much of the commentary will be difficult to utilize. 

Length does not allow a full treatment of some of Ross conclusions. A reason, however, why I enjoy this series is seen how Ross concludes each Psalm with a discussion on its message and application. One of my favorite psalms, Psalm 148, Ross concludes with these words:
The message and application of this psalm is straightforward, like the other psalms in this grand doxology to the collection: Everything in the heavens above and everything on earth below must display the glory of God and praise him forever, especially for his redemption and renewal of his people. The psalm brings forward the creation hymns that display God's glory in creation, first in the heavens and then on the earth. The listing of aspects of creation prompt the worshiper to think of the details and other aspects of each category, for praise is endless when we consider the works of his hands. But the psalm culminates in the greatest reason for praise, the greatness demonstrated in his grace - he has redeemed and restored his people, and they in all creation are close to him. This psalm, indeed all these final psalms, have a number of parallels with the great hymns in heaven recorded in Revelation 4 and 5, particularly in the major causes for praise: creation and redemption. (949)
Overall, I recommend this book and Ross' other volumes in this set. If your looking for a good commentaries series on the Psalms, this is one you should consider picking up.


This book was given to me courtesy of Kregel Publications for the purpose of this review.


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