A Commentary on the Psalms, Volume 1 (Psalm 1-41)
is useful for all teachers of this magisterial Old Testament book including Pastors, teachers, and laity. All will find this commentary invaluable for developing their understanding of the Psalms and for improving their ability to expound it with precision, depth, accuracy, and faithfulness.
For thousands of years, the Book of Psalms has been one of God's people's richest resources for expression of worship and development of the spiritual life. At the same time it is one of the more complex and challenging sections of the Bible for expositors. Thus, its presentation by teachers is critical for a good understanding and here Allen Ross has provided an excellent resource to help make this happen in your class whether it is in a church, a secondary school, or the college and seminary.
For each psalm, Dr. Allen Ross guides the reader through a detailed exegetical outline, proposes a homiletical outline, and offers a summary expository idea of the message of the whole psalm.
The commentary includes discussion throughout of three primary challenges to understanding the Psalms:
- Textual issues: Every major textual difficulty is addressed in order to help the expositor understand the interpretive issues and make decisions when there are multiple available readings.
- Poetic language: The Psalms are full of poetic imagery, devices and structures. Ross discusses this "language" of Hebrew poetry in its context with each psalm, specifying the precise devices being used and how they work in the psalm.
- The Psalms' Hebrew grammar and syntax pose a challenge to many expositors, whether they are familiar with Hebrew or not. This commentary illuminates Hebrew constructions word meanings in a way that is helpful both to readers who are comfortable with Hebrew and those who are not.