The Psalms of David

Translated from the Septuagint Greek

By Donald Sheehan

Edited by Carol Xenia Sheehan

Foreword by Christopher Merrill

Preface by John Breck

The Psalms of David

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  • Publication Date: 9/24/2013
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The Psalms of David

Translated from the Septuagint Greek

By Donald Sheehan

Edited by Carol Xenia Sheehan

Foreword by Christopher Merrill

Preface by John Breck

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620325100
  • Pages: 216
  • Publication Date: 9/24/2013
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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eBOOK

  • ISBN: 9781620325100
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 9/24/2013
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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"In this rendering, the Psalms become once again what they were for Christian believers from the very beginning: the hymnal of the Church. They remain, certainly, the songs of Israel: from its cries of lamentation to its shouts of exultation. But for the Christian reader, they become as well hymns of petition and praise that express both the joy and the longing of those who live 'in Christ' . . . At the same time their very language can convey to us the assurance that, as he has throughout the millennia, God hears our prayer and responds to it with boundless mercy, love, and compassion."
--from the Preface by Fr. John Breck

Professor Sheehan's brief introductory exposition of the Davidic roots of Psalms and the poetics of chiasmus guides us in understanding how the ruining oppositions of actual experience are held in Psalms within the musical disciplines of lyric art: held, until God Himself can be seen in the ruins: seen, and felt, and overwhelmingly and gratefully loved. The psalmist's world doesn't change as he turns his experience toward God. What changes is he himself. How he changes is toward acquiring the very mind of Christ, to which each of us is called.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Donald Sheehan's version of the Psalms is at once faithful to the original text, richly musical, and marked by the sort of ingenious solutions perhaps discoverable only in a life governed by poetry and prayer . . . His Psalter works as poetry, because it was born of humility and brought to perfection by dint of hard work and the grace of God."
--From the Foreword by Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa

"Both a record of Israel's history and humankind's never-ending movement away from and toward God, the Psalms in this translation by Donald Sheehan from the Septuagint Greek has a rare purity, a lucid and poetic directness that embodies their prayerful intent: to open oneself to the will of God by emptying one's own will. In Sheehan's deeply achieved translation, we experience a beauty that is truth; to use a title from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book on the Psalms, there has been a lifetime's 'meditating on the word' behind the making of this translation."
--Robert Cording, author of Walking with Ruskin

Contributors-

Donald Sheehan
Carol Xenia Sheehan
Christopher Merrill
John Breck

Bio(s)-

Donald Sheehan (PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison) began his long teaching career at the University of Chicago and concluded it at Dartmouth College. He served for twenty-seven years as Director of The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, where he created internationally acclaimed writing programs and inspired many contemporary poets. Becoming an Orthodox Christian in 1984, he studied, prayed, taught, and wrote about Psalms until his repose in 2010.

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