The Book of Psalms: A New Translation according to the Traditional Hebrew Textby Jewish Publication Society
The Psalms have long brought solace and comfort to those who mourn, and have helped all of us find the spiritual in everyday life. This translation of the Book of Psalms first appeared in 1973, and was later incorporated into the present translation of the entire Tanakh (Torah, Prophets, and Writings), which was first published in 1985. Since then, several revisions and corrections have been made to the translation. Following the approach of the original translation committee, the entire gamut of biblical interpretations, ancient and modern, Jewish and non-Jewish, has been consulted, and, whenever possible, the results of modern study of the languages and cultures of the ancient Near East have been brought to bear on the biblical text. In choosing between alternatives, however, just as antiquity was not in itself a disqualification, so modernity was not in itself a recommendation. JPS's goal was to transmit the directness, the simplicity, and the uniquely Israelite expressions of piety that are so essential to the sublimity of the Hebrew Bible.
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