Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Emmaus Journal
Volume: EMJ 011:1 (Summer 2002)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

Editor

Mark R. Stevenson

Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus. By Allen P. Ross, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002, 496 pages, hardcover. $29.99.

Allen P. Ross graduated from Bob Jones University and then received his theological education at Dallas Theological Seminary. After teaching for a short while at Bob Jones, he returned to Dallas, where he received a Th.D. in Old Testament studies. Subsequently he went to the University of Cambridge where he received a second doctorate (Ph.D.) in Old Testament. For several years he taught Old Testament exegesis at Dallas. He then taught at Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry and presently serves as professor of Old Testament at Beeson Divinity School. He is the author of an excellent introductory textbook on biblical Hebrew and a superb commentary on Genesis, Creation and Blessing.

The book under review is already my favorite commentary on Leviticus, and many readers of this journal are soon going to join me in enjoying it. Brethren Bible teachers and preachers have for generations been expounding the offerings, priesthood laws, and feasts of the Book of Leviticus. Younger men will appreciate the help given here in interpreting and applying the book to a new generation of listeners. Holiness to the Lord is on my “A” list for help in understanding this important Old Testament book.

Every student in my homiletics class at Emmaus Bible College is required to preach one full-length expository sermon during the semester. He is given complete freedom in the selection of his text. A couple of years ago one of my better students elected to expound Leviticus chapter 1. It was evident that he had done a lot of work on the passage, but I was compelled to ask him after he preached, “Where was your sermon?” He had told his listeners a lot of interesting things about Leviticus 1, but he had offered no synthesis of the passage, he had not broken down the text into a meaningful homiletical outline, and he had left his congregation with no meaningful expository idea.

If my student were to come to me today and ask for help with Leviticus 1, I would say, “Read Ross!” Ross discusses the theological ideas of the passage,

offers an excellent synthesis of the text, and provides the student with a careful exegetical outline. He then offers suggestions to the preacher/teacher on how to develop the sermon, offering the following expository outline:

I. The Lord accepts the worshiper wh...

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