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Bibil Identifier bibil:247412
Publication Type Book
Title (French, Long) Old English Psalms
Author O'Neill, Patrick P.
Series Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Volume: 42)
Year (Publication) 2016
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2016
Year (Copyright) 2016
Year (Reference) 2016
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 42295
Place 224.1.05=20
Publishing house Harvard University Press
Place Cambridge, MA / London
ISBN 9780674504752
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xxvi Pages
717 Pages
height in cm 21
Genre Original
Abstract The Latin psalms figured prominently in the lives of the Anglo-Saxons, whether sung in the Divine Office by clerics, studied as a textbook for language learning by students, or recited in private devotion by lay people. They were also translated into Old English, first in prose and later in verse. Sometime in the middle of the eleventh century, the prose and verse translations were brought together and organized in a complementary sequence in a manuscript now known as the Paris Psalter. The prose version, traditionally attributed to King Alfred (d. 899), combines literal translation with interpretative clarification. In contrast, the anonymous Old English verse translation composed during the tenth century approaches the psalms in a spirit of prayer and devotion. Despite their differences, both reflect earnest attempts to capture the literal meaning of the psalms.
The complete text of all 150 prose and verse psalms is available here in contemporary English for the first time. With this translation readers encounter the beginnings and the continuation of a long tradition of psalm renderings in English.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Psalms
Genres Edition (Original Text)
Modern Translation
Last modification 2018-01-13