The Cambridge Liturgical Psalter

By Reverend Doctor Andrew Macintosh, Professor David Frost and John Emerton

A faithful, revised, modern-English translation of the ancient Biblical Psalms.

ISBN: 9780718897710


The Cambridge Liturgical Psalter represents the best modern understanding of what is in places a very difficult Hebrew text. The revised edition of the book includes a new introduction by Andrew Macintosh that explains the process of translation, and the translated Psalms are reproduced in their original clarity and lyricism. Created by an expert panel of eight Hebrew scholars, in collaboration with the literary scholar Dr David Frost, this translation remains a faithful yet readable rendering of the original Hebrew.

Remaining licensed for use in the Church of England and authorised for churches world wide, this translation has been used in six national prayer books, as well as appearing in the Alternative Service Book 1980. The Cambridge Liturgical Psalter represents the best modern understanding of a difficult Hebrew text, suitable for public and private worship.

Contributors: Sebastian P. Brock, M.A. | The Rev. William Horbury, M.A., Ph.D |The Rev. John F. McHugh, L.S.S., Ph.L, S.T.D. | The Rev. A. G. Macleod, M.A. | The Rev. Ernest W. Nicholson, M.A, B.D. Ph.D | John G. Snaith, M.A., B.D.

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About the Author

Andrew Macintosh is a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. He was Dean of Chapel from 1979 until retirement in 2002. An ordained priest of the Church of England, he lectured on Hebrew language and texts, and was secretary of the translation panel which produced The Cambridge Liturgical Psalter.

John Emerton (1928-2015) was Emeritus Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College. His scholarship focussed on Hebrew and the Old Testament, on which he lectured and wrote extensively. He was chairman of the translation panel.

David L. Frost was Professor of English at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and is a former Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. He served for a time as a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission.

Sebastian P. Brock now retired, was Professor of Aramaic and Syriac Studies at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Wolfson College.

William Horbury was Professor of Jewish and Early Christian Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He is an ordained priest of the Church of England.

John F. McHugh (1927-2006) was a Lecturer in Theology at the University of Durham, and later Dean of the Department of Theology, from 1980-1982. He was an ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church.

A.G. Maclead (1911-1984) was Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge from 1963-79, and formerly Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of England.

Ernest W. Nicholson (1938-2013) was Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford and the Provost of Oriel College, from 1990 to 2003.

John G. Snaith (1932-2018) was a University Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at Cambridge University, and a member of the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church.