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Psalms is essentially a book of prayers and Praises; most of the psalms are addressed to God, but here we also find proclamations of the works of the Lord, descriptions of man's light, curses invoked on enemies, songs in praise of the King or of the city of Jerusalem, and exhortations to the good life. The Psalms date back as early as the time of the great King David, but they are so evocative of the human condition that they articulate the feelings and desires of people in every age. Also included here is the Song of Solomon, or Song of Songs; a blending of love songs, it also celebrates the mutual love between God and the human individual, and between God and his People.
The main feature of the English edition, the Navarre Bible, is the commentary, that is, the notes and introductions provided by the editors; rarely very technical , these are designed to elucidate the spiritual and theological message of the Bible. Quotations from commentaries by the Fathers, and excerpts from other spiritual writers, not least St Josemaria, are provided to show how they read Scripture and made it meaningful in their lives. This edition also carries the Western Church's official Latin version of the Bible, the editio typica altera of the New Vulgate (1986)
For the English edition we consider ourselves fortunate in have the Revised Standard Version as the translation of Scripture.
" A superb volume for adult Bible study"
...most helpful, enlightening and fascinating"
Catholic Transcript, Hartford, Conn
"[The Bible is] presented unambiguously
as the inspired Word of God and, with the help of the commentaries, we are introduced to two thousand years of contemplative Christian reading and living of the sacred word"
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Marks a significant addiction to the catholic Church's contribution to modern biblical studies... This volume seems to offer something very valuable to the modern reader and scholar alike, and I recommend it with great enthusiasm"
Catholic Herald and Standard, London.