Psalms Vol 3 by Allen RossAllen P. Ross has concluded his three volume commentary set on the Psalms for the Kregel Exegetical Library with Volume 3 (90-150). For those who might choose to jump into the second or third volume they will need to refer to the first for introductory material to the book. 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 – This is an overview of the Psalm itself touching on unique interpretive features along with a discussion of any textual variants in the footnotes.
  2. Composition and Context – This looks at the overall features of the Psalm such as the historical, theological, biblical and literary context of each individual Psalm. This prepares the reader for the next three parts.
  3. Exegetical Analysis – This includes a one line summary of the message of the Psalm and the basic outline.
  4. Commentary in Expository Form – This section comprises the bulk of each chapter and has an exegetical outline followed by detailed commentary.
  5. Message and Application – Here the message of each Psalm is summarized and contemporary and timeless application is given.

The completion of this third volume gives the interpreter over 3,000 pages of a commentary on Psalms. This is an impressive feat for a commentary on any book of the Bible, let alone Psalms. This set of commentaries seems to be well received and I trust it will be well liked and recommended by exegetes, scholars, teachers and pastors for many years to come.

This commentary is written for the pastor with the educated layman in mind as well. The only area in which it might have improved was in the theology of the Psalms as a book and as individuals but that is not the primary purpose of the book. Ross is keen on exegesis and models it well. He has a good grasp of how the Psalms speak to all of life’s experiences and how the Psalms still speak to the church today. I recommend Psalms Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 by Ross for all pastors, Bible students and laymen alike.

NOTE: I received this book from Kregel in return of a review but was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

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