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Posted July 21, 2011
Greatly deepens one's understanding
This is an extraordinary translation of some of the Psalms. Mitchell is a very talented and thoughtful translator, who deepens one's understanding of the traditional text while clarifying and sharpening the language. Psalm 4 is a particularly brilliant translation. This translation will offer much to those who pray with the Psalms!!!!
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Posted October 5, 2004
a book you'll go back to
THe author is known for his translations of Rilke, the Tao Te Ching, and the Book of Job. These versions of the psalms are quite 'free.' The central image of the psalm is there, but other elements may be moved around, and influences from his other work is clearly present. These are Mitchell's psalms, not the ones you will remember from Sunday services. Having said that, his language reaches me more than that of the traditional psalms in translation I have read. He has a knack for the simple, eloquent phrase that pithily expresses our spiritual longings, our sense of thanksgiving, our quest ofr forgiveness, and our search for comfort in a time of hardship. A great book
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