Book Series Studia Traditionis Theologiae, vol. 8

Meditations of the Heart: The Psalms in Early Christian Thought and Practice

Essays in Honour of Andrew Louth

A. Andreopoulos, A. Casiday, C. Harrison (eds)

  • Pages: xiv + 301 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:1 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2011

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"There is much here to inform, inspire, and delight; as Athanasius put it in his Letter to Marcellinus, the psalms ‘serve him who sings them as a mirror, wherein he sees himself and his own soul’. (Angela Tilby, in: Journal of Theological Studies, (2012) 63 (2), p. 707-709)

"Les notes anecdotiques et les allusions à la personne et à l'œuvre du jubilaire confèrent à l'ouvrage un caractère vivant de témoignage de gratitude." (N. E., dans: Irénikon, 2013/3-4)


The Psalms are one of the most important biblical texts in Patristic exegesis, commentary, preaching, liturgical practice and theological reflection. Their language and imagery  is all-pervasive; they were not only interpreted by the fathers but a good deal of Patristic exegetical practice actually evolved from engagement with them; they directly informed Christological and Ecclesiological reflection; were central to early monasticism; inspired early Christian poetry and provided material for liturgical chant, prayers, hymns and penitential or doxological expression.

This volume of essays on the Psalms in Early Christian Thought and Practice is offered with profound gratitude, admiration and respect by colleagues and friends of Professor Andrew Louth FBA, to honour his long and immensely distinguished career as priest, teacher and prolific author in almost every aspect of Greek and Latin Patristics.

Dr Andreas Andreopoulos is Reader in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Winchester.

Dr Augustine Casiday is Lecturer in Historical Theology at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

Professor Carol Harrison is Professor of the History and Theology of the Latin West at Durham University.


John Behr – Foreword

Richard Price – The Voice of Christ in the Psalms

Rowan Williams – Christological Exegesis of Psalm 45

Sarah Coakley – On the Fearfulness of Forgiveness: Psalm 130:4 and Its Theological Implications

Kallistos Ware – ‘Forgive Us...As we Forgive’: Forgiveness in the Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer

Adam G. Cooper – Sex and Transmission of Sin: Patristic Exegesis of Psalm 50:5 (LXX)

John A. McGuckin – Origen’s Use of the Psalms in the Treatise On First Principles

Mihail Neamtu – Psalmody, Confession and Temporality

Robert Hayward – Saint Jerome, Jewish Learning, and the Symbolism of the Number Eight

Gillian Clark – Psallite sapienter: Augustine on Psalmody

Pauline Allen & Bronwen Neil – Discourses on the Poor in the Psalms: Augustine’s Ennarationes in Psalmos

Carol Harrison – Enchanting the Soul: The Music of the Psalms

Augustine Casiday – ‘The sweetest music that falls upon the ear’: translating and interpreting the Psalter in Christian Andalucia

Norman Russell – The ‘Gods’ of Psalm 81(82) in the Hesychast Debates

Carolinne White – Allegory and Rhetoric in Erasmus’ Expositions on the Psalms

Dimitri Conomos – Elder Aimilianos on the Psalter and the Revival of Melodious Psalmody at Simonopetra