Book Review: A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89) by Allen P. Ross

Having thoroughly enjoyed, Allen Ross’s first commentary on the psalms, I was thrilled to see that his work continues in A Commentary on the Psalms Volume 2 (42-89). The great work he began in volume 1 continues in volume 2.

Combining exegesis with a bent toward expository preaching, Ross provides a valuable commentary to communicators of God’s Word. I appreciate how he approaches each psalm.

He begins with a well-documented translation. His footnotes are worth reading to get to the heart of the passage.

He moves to the psalm’s composition and context. This provides not only a solid foundation for knowing the psalm but even more knowing what the psalm means from the author’s intent. I valued the added feature of laying out when such a psalm might be used in the days of the Old Testament and in our day as well.

He continues with a quick exegetical analysis. This is more like a good outline preceded by a summary.

The commentary in expository form provides a more detailed outline that begins the shift towards expository preaching.

My favorite part is message and application. In laying out the psalm, Ross moves to it’s application for teaching and preaching today.

You put all this work together for each psalm pastors and teachers will find a lot of digging into the text laid out for them. The message will still need to be written and articulated, but Ross helps provide a solid foundation of each psalm that is ready to be proclaimed.

I give A Commentary on the Psalms Volume 2 (42-89) 5 out of 5 stars.What a great tool to use for those who communicate God’s Word or those who simply want to dig deeper into the books of Psalms.

Thank you to Kregel publishing for providing a free copy to review. I was not required to give a positive review just an honest one.



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