About This Site
This web site was established solely for the private use of its readers, in particular, pastors and teachers and serious students of the Bible in general. The copyright belongs to the author of the material, Allen P. Ross. All rights are reserved. No part of this material may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission, except for brief quotations; and none of this material can be placed under another copyright.
The web site was established as part of a ministry to people who minister the Word of God. It was intended for people to use as a resource for their study of Scripture, both for material on the passages they were using and for samples of the method to be used. Even though that ministry no longer functions as it once did, the web site for it has been retained and material continually added to it. Some of the material on this web site was written for the site; some of it was written for seminary courses, Bible classes, or conferences in churches, but was included in this collection in the hope that it might be of further use.
All of the material on this web site is the work of Allen P. Ross, unless otherwise designated. For additional publications by Dr. Ross, see
Creation and Blessing, A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Genesis,
Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1986.
ďThe Book of Proverbs,Ē in The Expositorís Bible Commentary, Vol. 5,
Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, Revised 2006.
Holiness to the LORD, A Guide to the Exposition of the Book of Leviticus,
Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2002.
Introducing Biblical Hebrew, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2003.
Recalling the Hope of Glory, Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation,
Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006
Allen P. Ross, ThD, PhD
Professor of Divinity,
Beeson Divinity School,
Allen has been around ministers and ministries all of his life. He grew up in Canada where his father was a minister in North American (German) Baptist churches. When the family moved to Southern California he became active in youth groups in the Church; and it was during that time that he began to sense a call to ministry. That call was confirmed as he went on to study Theology, Bible, and Greek in university and seminary studies. Through his seminary studies in Dallas Theological Seminary, he earned both the Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees in Old Testament and Hebrew studies. When he began the doctoral program there he was invited to teach Hebrew and Old Testament courses. That was the beginning of a life-long Seminary teaching career.
In 1976, after finishing the Doctor of Theology degree, Allen and his wife Jan took a study leave and went to the University of Cambridge in England. Over the next few years he completed a second doctorate, a PhD from Cambridge in Hebrew in the faculty of Divinity, and Jan completed a British BA as well as a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge. It was during this time that they became Anglicans by conviction through their studies and in their worship. In 1990 Allen joined the faculty of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, where he was Professor of Biblical Studies for ten years. His attention was fully on the Bible in the Anglican tradition, but his emphasis still was in training people called to develop and deliver biblical expository messages.
In 1999 God opened up a new ministry in Tallahassee, Florida--one that came to be called the Christian Leadership Center. The vision for this ministry was one of ministering to those who minister Godís Word, by providing resources, assistance, and encouragement for the faithful exposition of Holy Scripture. Working with other independent ministries in the area, especially the Center for Biblical Studies, the plan of the center focused on providing resources for biblical research, developing teacher training classes, leading clergy studies, teaching a number of classes, and planning for a broader program that would eventually include a place for personal, spiritual refreshment and renewal. Its main intent was to assist Christian leaders in their continuing study and use of Godís Word. That work was left in the hands of others when he resumed full time teaching. The time in Tallahassee also gave Allen the opportunity to catch up on a number of writing projects.
In the fall of 2002 Allen began teaching full time again as a Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. This seminary is interdenominational, although the University is Baptist. Faculty members represent a number of denominations; and so Allen joined the faculty as one of its Anglican professors. His main areas of teaching remain in the interpretation and communication of the Word of God, especially the Old Testament. And Jan, although teaching part time in the University, continued to give her full attention to completing a multi-volume edition of the complete works of the seventeenth-century Anglican priest and writer, Thomas Traherne (published by Boydell and Brewer of England).
Over the years Allen has been involved in a variety of ministries including regularly preaching in churches, serving in pastoral interims, ministering in various countries including Africa and the old Soviet Union, leading Bible conferences and especially clergy conferences and retreats, Christian education programs; and conducting numerous Bible study travel programs in Israel and other countries of the Middle East. He has taught in four very different seminaries, and been involved in a number of different churches and denominations, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal, high church, low church, free church, independent church, traditional, and modern. This has enabled him to work easily with the different groups, and with different types of seminary students; but his desire has remained constant, to work with people in all groups to help them develop a better understanding of the Holy Scriptures and to be able to deliver biblical and timely expositions.
The study programs in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Greece have provided people with a great opportunity to develop their spiritual lives because they include solid Bible teaching, directed worship and reflection, and participation in established Christian works among Arabs and Jews. For this (and other trips to the Middle East) Allen has written a study guide book, In the Paths of God, presently made available only for the study tours.
Allenís top priority has always been the interpretation and exposition of Scripture, whether in writing, preaching, or teaching others how to study the Bible as well. He has written a number of things including commentaries on Genesis, Proverbs, and Psalms, a Hebrew Grammar, and most recently an in depth study of the Biblical patterns and principles of worship (available November 1, 2006). He has worked on several Bible translations including the New King James, the Net Bible, and most recently the Revised Living Bible. He is now completing a book on the basic principles and procedures of Old Testament Exegesis, and a two volume commentary on the Book of Psalms.
Allen believes that today more than ever what the Church needs is the clear exposition of the Word of God empowered by the Spirit of God, and that it should not be unduly influenced by the many modern skeptical approaches to the Scriptures. He believes that the churches have drifted away from the careful and complete preaching and teaching of Godís Word, with the result that too many Christians do not know very much biblical content or theological truth, and the worship services have become routine rituals. And the great issues facing the Church in the world today require that Christians be trained in Scripture. It is God's Word that changes lives; it is God's Word that will bring lasting revival to the Church; and it is Godís Word that offers the only true hope for people in this troubled world. And so his classes, wherever they are taught, are designed to train people in the study of the Scriptures, so that they will be changed, and so that they then will be able to expound the Word of God in turn to others. Moreover, his ministry visits in churches around the country also give expression to this conviction, whether those visits are for ordinary Sunday services or more extended Bible conferences in different churches.