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The Abbreviated Psalter of the Venerable Bede Hardcover – December 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802839193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802839190
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on May 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a condensed version of the Psalms as editted by the Venerable Bede (c. 673-735). It is illustrated by plates of the Latin and translated well by a professor of Classics at the University of Illinois (Urbana). The translation is very readable.
The condensations may be as long 11 or 12 verses or a short as a phrase. Often they trigger a memory of the Psalm from which they come; this would be even more common among those who regularly pray the Psalms. Reading the condensations gives an overview of the Psalms as a whole, that is difficult to observe when reading the entire Psalter. This overview helps place the various psalms in their literary and theological context.
One oddity in Bede's abridgment; Psalm 50 not only prefigures Jesus but refers directly to him! The brief introduction explains this and the single line from Psalm 136 which in no way implies the well-known "By the waters of Babylon".
If you are interested in the early Church in England, liturgy, or a devotional version of the Psalms, this version is well worth exploring.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dan acton on January 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I puchased this book for my wife as a birthday present. Ironically I read it once she was done, based on her flowering recomendation. It was fantastic, well written, and inspirational. The pictures of the original texts are beutiful. I will read a page or two when ever I need a quick pick me up. In these times, thats probably going to be often.
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By verlyn green on November 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Psalter, brand new book.
Good content. Enjoyed the brevity. Concise and easy to read.
Met my expectations for the psalms
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Martin on January 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The images of the original manuscript are wonderful.
A nice historical piece from the Early Church when England was still Orthodox.
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By Patricia on October 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bede should be a must read for all Christians. I only wish there were more translated into English.
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