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Essential Expositions of the Psalms - Classroom Resource Edition
Michael Cameron, introduction and editor, translation and notes by Maria Boulding, OSB, Boniface Ramsey, series editor

St. Augustine (about)

A creative selection and presentation of 19 Psalms and Augustine’s expositions with extensive introduction.

Paperback; 512 pages; 2015

ISBN: 978-1-56548-510-5

About this Book

Essential Expositions of the Psalms is a collection distilled from the 6-volume set in the Works of Saint Augustine. As the psalms are a microcosm of the Old Testament, so the Expositions of the Psalms can be seen as a microcosm of Augustinian thought. In the Book of Psalms are to be found the history of the people of Israel, the theology and spirituality of the Old Covenant, and a treasury of human experience expressed in prayer and poetry. So too does the work of expounding the psalms recapitulate and focus the experiences of Augustine's personal life, his theological reflections and his pastoral concerns as Bishop of Hippo.

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Some Related Comments:

"Skillfully translated and enhanced with meticulous notes, Essential Expositions of the Psalms condenses Saint Augustine's classic Christian texts into a digest accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Essential Expositions of the Psalms is an excellent, user-friendly resource for Bible study groups, and public or church library Christian Studies shelves. Highly recommended!”

Jack Mason
Reviewer of the Midwest Book Review

"The Expositions of the Psalms constitute the largest of Augustine’s works; they represent for the most part homilies given to his congregation in Hippo over several years. Here we meet Augustine, the priest and pastor, patiently exploring with his people the “prayer book of the Bible.” This volume of Essential Expositions of the Psalms gives us, not extracts, but a wonderful selection of complete homilies; they reveal to us the intimate contours of Augustine’s thought. Maria Boulding’s superlative translation is used and Michael Cameron provides a simple, but penetrating introduction to how to read Augustine on the Psalms. This is a book, both profound and moving: to read and re-read.”

The Very Revd Archpriest Andrew Louth FBA
Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University, UK

"Cameron’s 50 page introduction with copious notes is a masterful overview of the Expositions and of the most recent scholarship on this essential part of the Augustinian corpus. His thoughtful selection and creative presentation of 19 Psalms and Augustine’s expositions of them is the best primer on this subject in any language. Augustine scholar Pope Benedict reminded us that the Psalms teach us how to pray and that in them the Word of God becomes a word of prayer. Cameron’s scholarship invites us inside Augustine’s own prayerful exploration of the human heart through the inspired words of the Psalter.”

Joseph T. Kelley
Professor in Religious and Theological Studies and
Director of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim
Relations at Merrimack College, N. Andover, MA

"Ably translated into English for the benefit of an American readership by Maria Boulding, Essential Expositions of the Psalms is very highly recommended for both seminary and academic library Roman Catholic Theological Studies reference collections in general, and Augustinian Theology supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review

Author Info

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is one of the greatest thinkers and writers of the Western world. After he converted to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo in North Africa, where he was influential in civil and church affairs. His writings have had a lasting impact on Western philosophy and culture.

Michael Cameron is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Portland in Oregon and was the inaugural Thomas F. Martin Saint Augustine Fellow at Villanova University, Pennsylvania in 2010. He is the author of Christ Meets Me Everywhere: Augustine’s Early Figurative Exegesis (Oxford University Press, 2012). Besides articles in Studia Patristica, Augustinian Studies, and the Augustinus-Lexikon, he is Latin Patristics editor for The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.

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