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The Oxford Psalms Network

‘The Oxford Psalms Network’ brings into conversation scholars working on the Psalms in related fields such as Theology, Reception History, History of Interpretation, History, Art History, Music and ancient and modern languages such as Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, Old Irish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

This Network will examine the wider impact of the Psalms in the development of Judaeo-Christian culture, language and identity from the earliest times to the present day, encouraging interaction between academics, curators, and the wider public through a series of activities and outputs by academic and other partners. At the same time, it will point to ways that scholars working on the history of Psalms in Judaeo-Christian culture might fruitfully collaborate with scholars working on the impact of the Psalms on other world religions.

A series of public talks on the Psalms by leading academics, hosted by the Network, is scheduled to begin in January 2017.

Recent publications by network members:

Haruko Momma, ‘The Old English Metrical Psalms: Practice and Theory of Translation’, in Early English Poetic Culture and Metre: The Influence of G. R. Russom, ed. M. J. Toswell and Lindy Brady (Medieval Institute Publications, 2016), pp. 93-110

The Psalms in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England, special edition of English Studies 98.1 (2017), ed. Helen Appleton and Francis Leneghan

The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: From the Conversion to the Reformation, ed. Tamara Atkin and Francis Leneghan (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017).

Annie Sutherland, English Psalms in the Middle Ages, 1300-1450 (Oxford: OUP, 2016).

Ruth Ahnert, ed. Re-forming the Psalms in Tudor England, Special Edition if Renaissance Studies 29.4 (2015), 496-680.

Jane Toswell, The Anglo-Saxon Psalter (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).

Laura Cleaver and Helen Conrad O’Briain, eds, Latin Psalter Manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015).

Susan Gillingham, ‘The Levites and the Editorial Composition of the Psalms’, in The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms, ed. William P. Brown (New York and Oxford: OUP, 2014), pp. 201-13.

Susan Gillingham, ed. Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms: Conflict and Convergence (Oxford: OUP, 2013).

Susan Gillinghan, A Journey of Two Psalms: The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition (Oxford: OUP, 2013).

Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Selcet Catalogue (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2013).


Dr Helen Appleton
Professor Susan Gillingham
Dr Francis Leneghan