Anthems for a Dying Lamb
How Six Psalms (113-118) Became a Songbook for the Last Supper and the Age to Come
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Exposition of the last psalms sung by Jesus
Encourages Christians to sing the psalms with Jesus Christ
Shows how they can be used in today's church
Anthems for a Dying Lamb offers an in-depth exposition of Psalms 113-118. Often called the Hallel, these psalms were part of the Passover seder, which directed proceedings during the Passover meal. That's one reason the Hallel became known as the 'hymn' that Jesus sang with his disciples at the Last Supper, and why it is often part of communion services when the church celebrates the Lord's Supper. Philip Ross explains Psalms 113-118 in their Old Testament context and shows how the 'trouble and sorrow' of Psalm 116, or the 'cornerstone' of Psalm 118, give us insight into Jesus' ministry and mindset in the hours before his crucifixion.
Philip S. Ross is a theological editor who studied in Wales. He worked extensively on the well-received Christian Heritage editions of The Marrow of Modern Divinity and subtitled seven John Owen works. Philip lives near Loch Lomond in Scotland with his wife and three children.
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Don't rush through this book; it should be savored bit by bit; here is exposition one can chew on. You can bask in its fresh insights (Why didn't I think of it that way?), treasure its obvious sympathy (for faith in its bleakness and despair), squirm under its searching exposure (Do we really recognize our idolatry?)-and all the while Dr Ross keeps you firmly tethered to Jesus. Here is a mind-filling, soul-nourishing, Christ-focused feast!
Dale Ralph Davis, Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
Those who are acquainted with Philip Ross' fine doctoral work, From the Finger of God, already know what a careful scholar, student and expositor he is. The same values are evident in the present book.
Whether he is tackling the often ticklish questions of the relation of the 'Egyptian Hallel' to early Jewish Passover liturgies or the (plainly more congenial) task of exposition of the Psalms we meet with the same painstaking care, attention to detail, mastery of facts and subject, and, above all, devout recognition of Holy Scripture as the Word of God. The whole book is equally illuminating and heart-warming.
Alec Motyer, (1924-2016) Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer
To be a Christian is to believe and trust in the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Yet what few Christians realize is that this passion of Christ, even the very words Christ prayed during his agony, are drawn from the psalms, specifically Psalms 113-118. With pastoral care and sobering conviction, Philip Ross reveals why these psalms became our Savior's dying anthem. The reason why should move every reader to his or her knees in worship, praising God for the salvation he has accomplished through his Son, the Lamb of God.
Matthew Barrett, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Philip Ross combines literary skill, historical breadth, academic depth, and timely wit in encouraging the psalms for 'a later age,' that is, for the church today. He gives due consideration to their original setting for the Old Testament church, to their meaning for Jesus in the Upper Room, and for the Christian church. Ross' exposition will prove profitable for students of Scripture, and particularly for those seeking deeper insight into Jesus' experience in the last hours of his earthly ministry.
Terry L. Johnson, Senior Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia
Jewish scholars long ago realised that Psalms 113-118 form a significant grouping within the Psalter. Because these psalms were part of the Passover liturgy has suggested to Christian scholars that they formed the content of what Jesus and his disciples sang after the first Lord's Supper (Matt. 26:30). Philip Ross expounds these psalms with particular reference to the Messiah's probable use of them. In many respects his presentation resembles that of Dr Klaas Schilder in the first volume of his famous trilogy, Christ in His Suffering, in which he entitles his discussion on them, 'The Author Sings His Own Psalms'. One doesn't have to agree with all of the exegesis in this book to enjoy and benefit from its lively, challenging, and deeply spiritual presentation. Read and ponder the implications of the Dying Lamb facing Calvary in the light of these songs that extol God's power to save.
Allan Harman, Research Professor of Old Testament, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, Australia
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