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Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus

Holiness to the Lord: A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus

Allen P. Ross

| Baker Academic | 2002

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In Holiness to the Lord, Allen P. Ross has shouldered the often daunting task of gleaning from the Book of Leviticus more than just messages on tithing or Sabbath-keeping. Many expositors miss the wealth of information on the early Hebrew system of religion which this important book of scripture represents. This formidable text has been made manageable for both scholars and laymen, enabling preachers and teachers to mine the riches of Leviticus and make them available to a contemporary audience. Ross carefully positions Leviticus within its ancient context, and then traces the development of God’s plan of salvation—how the laws, rituals, symbols, and events in Leviticus prepared for a complete revelation as depicted in later scripture. The author also presents helpful ideas for connecting Leviticus to other scriptural wisdom and for applying the material in relevant expository form.

This thoughtfully written work is a valuable guide for expositors interpreting the Law for the church and for elucidating Leviticus in practical, biblical messages about worship, sanctification, and obedience. More than a discussion of Sabbath regulations, Ross’s astute work steers a course through ancient Israel’s maze of religious laws, reveals it as one of the theological foundations for Christ’s gospel, and correlates it to New Testament teachings (especially Romans, Hebrews, and Peter). The Book of Leviticus speaks for itself thanks to an effective blend of theological commentary and exegetical direction by Dr. Ross, thus meeting the needs of scholars as well as expositors.

Author Bio

Allen P. Ross is professor of divinity and Old Testament at Beeason Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He has been teaching there since 2002. Ross is the author of Creation and Blessing and Introducing Biblical Hebrew, as well as commentaries on Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Proverbs.