Review: As with Ross’s previous volumes, Volume 3 is among the best commentaries available on the Psalms.
There isn’t much to criticize about this commentary. I wish Ross interacted a bit more with the literary features of the text than he did (chiasms, parallelism, etc.). The modern application sections were a bit short. But other than those two criticisms (and they are minor), this is a wonderful resource.
Ross dives into the text with both the mind of a scholar and the heart of a poet. He doesn’t minimize the beauty and emotions of the psalms but helps the reader see it more vividly.
I also like that Ross always has a “Big Idea” sentence for each psalm. These sentences are a bit too lengthy and complex for preaching purposes, but they helped me as a preacher make sure my big ideas are on track.
I have been very disappointed by the commentaries on the psalms I’ve sought out. They often treat the individual psalms as if they were epistles. There is rarely a strong acknowledgement of the unique genre of poetry, and these commentaries are focused on reducing the art of the genre to data-gathering. Ross’s, however, is absolutely wonderful and a must-have for pastors diving into any of the Psalms.
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Rating: 5/5 Stars (I loved it)