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A Psalter for Prayer
A Psalter for Prayer

A Psalter for Prayer

An Adaptation of the Classic Miles Coverdale Translation, Augmented by Prayers and Instructional Material Drawn from Church Slavonic and Other Orthodox Christian Sources

Translated by David Mitchell James


368 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: October 2011

ISBN 9780884651987

Rights: US & CA

Holy Trinity Publications (Oct 2011)
The Printshop of St Job of Pochaev


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Reaching back hundreds of years, this volume is the first major English edition to include all the prayers needed to read the Slavic Psalter at home in the Orthodox tradition. The contents include many texts traditionally printed in Orthodox Psalters and not easily found in English. With psalms and biblical canticles adapted from the classic Coverdale translation of the Book of Psalms and the King James Version of the Bible, this record has been carefully edited to agree with the original Greek of the Septuagint as well as with the Latin and Slavonic church translations.


“David James has undertaken not only to normalize Coverdale’s text to the Septuagint Psalter as received by the Orthodox Church, but to do so while retaining the character and familiarity of the classic translation . . . . This Coverdale fan thinks he has succeeded, as do the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, who have given this edition their blessing.” —Philip Silouan Thompson

Author Biography

David Mitchell James worked as a translator for the U.S. Army, specializing in French and Slovenian. After taking early retirement from his position as marketing director for the North Shore Music Theater he traveled to Russia to study its language. He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.