Expositions of the Psalms Vol. 5 Ps 99-120
About the book
Fifth volume of the long-awaited translation of one of Augustine's classics and a great work in Christian literature.
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. They recapitulate and focus the experiences of Augustine's personal life, his theological reflections, and his pastoral concerns as Bishop of Hippo.
The prophetic character of the psalms - Augustine’s fundamental conviction is that the psalms represent a prophecy of the new covenant, and only acquire their true and full meaning at this level of understanding: “Let this be written for another generation" Ps. 101.
As the psalms reflect the history of the people of Israel, the theology and spirituality of the Old Covenant, and a treasury of human experience expressed in prayer, so too does the work of expounding the psalms summarize the experiences of Augustine's personal life, his theological reflections, and his pastoral concerns as a bishop... Sister Maria Boulding has made a masterful new translation of the Expositons with helpful critical notes.
Maria Boulding’s new translation of Saint Augustine’s magnificent Expositions of the Psalms is cause for celebration. Not only are the wraps taken off this least known of Augustine’s major works, we are accompanied by a penetrating scholarly text. Every student of early Christian thought and spirituality will be grateful to have at last such open access to this crucial work.
Sister Maria Boulding's fine translation fills a long existing vacuum among the translated works of Augustine available to contemporary readers. Her clear and attractive translation presents Augustine's expression of his own spirituality, which necessarily entails his most valuable theological insights.