AUTHOR: Allen P. Ross
PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic, 2016, (1024 pages).
- A Summarized Title shows us the big idea of the entire Psalm.
- An Introduction to the text and textual variants to describe the sources, earlier translations like the Vulgate; and earliest commentaries. With the main text printed for ease of reading and reference, this part looks like a regular study Bible with added technical details.
- Composition and Context gives readers an appreciation of the literary style and genre of the particular psalm. Context inform interpretation.
- Exegetical Analysis is the heavy lifting needed for every teacher and preacher. Beginning with a summary and outline to prepare us on how to read the text and what to expect, the overall gist of the verses are described in plain and precise statements which can easily form a preaching structure. Incorporated within this analysis is the Commentary in Expository Form is where preachers will find extremely useful. Written with preaching to the lay in mind, the verse-by-verse format gives not only what the verses mean but also possible directions of sermon delivery. Good preachers will do their own exegesis prior to using the content of this commentary, lest they be swayed prematurely about what God is speaking to them.
- The Message and Application is a gem in this book. Reading with the 21st Century audience in mind, there are lots of relevances and bridges built to assist understanding.
On the shortest psalm of the Bible, the commentary starts off Ps 117 with a pronouncement that says "Universal Praise for God's Faithful Love." The summary and outline of the passage gives us ideas on preaching directions. The level of examination and application though brief is still able to provide us enough material to give a 30 minute sermon on it. All in all, I am quite happy with this volume because of the scholarship and the way Ross builds a bridge between the ancient and the modern era. Together with the other two volumes, Ross has given the Church an excellent set of resources for preaching and teaching the Psalter.
Rating: 5 stars of 5.
This book is provided to me courtesy of Kregel Academic in exchange for an honest review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.