By Jim Flanigan. 640pp. £17.95, published by John Ritchie Ltd, 40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock, Scotland KA3 1RH. ISBN 1-904064-02-07.
The publication of this weighty volume provides the second in the series of Ritchie Old Testament Commentaries. It is a worthy addition to the long list of books devoted to detailed study of the Psalms, for not only does it add to the store of knowledge they present but, most surely, it will encourage us to return again and again to the profound statements of this matchless book and to rest upon what is declared therein of the greatness of our God. In his preparation for the project, Jim Flanigan has done his research with utmost dedication – nigh on fifty sources are declared in his Bibliography, and his considered comments upon each I found to be both interesting and helpful. Quotations from these authors are liberally sprinkled throughout the book. Having said this, there is much to be appreciated by the author’s original thought, allowing the reader to see various of the well-known psalms in a completely different light.
Our brother’s exegesis is sound and his exposition provides real insight into the truths and teaching expressed in each psalm. As those who have been privileged to sit under his oral ministry will testify, he has an ability to present his thoughts lucidly to the benefit of all who listen. This very rare gift he carries into his writings. Almost four years of the author’s time were required in the preparation and production of Psalms, a costly sacrifice indeed, yet one that bequeaths a legacy of immense value to all who will draw upon it’s contents in their studies.
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