Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review: A Commentary on Psalms Vol II

Volume II of Allen P. Ross’ A Commentary on the Psalms is a welcomed addition to his fine work on the on the Psalter.  All of the features that made Volume 1 profitable are continued in this work.

Dr. Ross has written with the pastor/teacher in view. The current volume, like the first, is richly devotional in nature. Likewise, it is scholarly without being academically stuffy. This is not to say that A Commentary on Psalms, Vol. II fails to interact with scholarly works on the Psalms. Quite the contrary, Dr. Ross refers to relevant authors and texts as well as variant readings from other ancient versions and textual traditions.

The goal appears to be one of opening the meaning of this rich body of literature instead of obscuring it in pedantic commentary. Psalms is a worship book. This volume brings that theme to light for the student, teacher, and expositor.

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