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Bob MacDonald has made astounding discoveries in the patterns of word usage in the Psalter. His positioning of the words as in the original brings a totally new freshness to them. I have chuckled with delight and have also been moved to tears. His personal observations, devout and imaginative, Biblically informed, have touched me.
Hannah Main van der Kamp
Teacher, editor, columnist and poet
Benedictines use Jesus’ prayer book, the Psalms, as our daily prayer. In the psalms, every soul can find itself speaking. This unique translation uses semantic language markers to plunge deep into the meaning of each psalm and draws the soul deep into the Semitic heart as it contemplates the holy. This reading of the psalms brings us to new levels of understanding the songs of Israel. Even for one who does not read Hebrew, this Psalter allows me to enter in a deeper level of praying and study. Every Biblical scholar should pray this version of the psalms to see the holy.
Dr. Martin Brokenleg, OSBCn
Prior, Anglican Benedictine Canons
Bob MacDonald has somehow managed to combine the poet’s love of words with the mathematician’s love of structure. His analysis of the psalms allows us to see (quite literally) their organization and focus and his careful, low-punctuation translation draws us into the life-giving art of these sometimes difficult but always beautiful poems.
Paul Teel, PhD (Philosophy of Science)
Teacher, Mathematics and Christian Studies, Pacific Christian School, Victoria BC
The Book of Psalms is like a gathering of treasures for celebration and worship, from across the layered centuries of Hebrew scripture, and from the less settled expanse of human feeling and spiritual journeying. Bob MacDonald's approach for presenting the resonances and refractions of words throughout the Psalms, and his complementary account of their broader patterns, open up inroads for insight into this treasure-trove, and help to broaden our experience of the whole Bible.
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