The Psalms of David

Wipf & Stock, 2013
ISBN: 9781620325100


Donald Sheehan’s introductory exposition of the Davidic roots of Psalms and the poetics of chiasmus guides us in understanding how the Psalms slowly reveal God. It is not the psalmist’s world that changes as he turns toward God, it is the psalmist himself that is changed. Sheehan states that “the Psalms disclose the mind of David in the process of becoming the mind of Christ,” to which each of us is called. Sheehan’s rendering allows us to experience the Psalms as expressions of both joy and longing for God.

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Key Features

  • Offers insight into the poetics of the Psalms
  • Demonstrates how the Psalms reveal God
  • Includes an appendix on praying the Kathismata


  • Foreword by Christopher Merrill
  • Preface by the Very Rev. John Breck
  • Introduction: The Mind of David and the Mind of Christ
  • The Psalms of David
  • Appendix on Numbering of Psalms and Praying the Kathismata

Praise for the Print Edition

In this rendering, the Psalms become once again what they were for Christian believers from the very beginning: the hymnal of the Church.

—From the Preface by Archpriest John Breck, professor emeritus, Saint Sergius, Theological Institute, Paris

Product Details

  • Title: The Psalms of David: Translated from the Septuagint Greek
  • Author: Donald Sheehan
  • Translator: Donald Sheehan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 216
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Resource Type: Bible Studies
  • Topic: Biblical Studies

About Donald Sheehan

Donald Sheehan (1940–2010) earned his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. He was a professor for 35 years, beginning at the University of Chicago, then moving to Franconia College, Plymouth State College, and finishing with a 15-year tenure at Dartmouth. He was executive director of The Frost Place in New Hampshire—an educational center for poetry—from 1978 to 2005. He was received in to the Orthodox Church in 1984, and ordained a subdeacon in 1987.

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