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Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« on: June 07, 2016, 06:02:27 PM »
I am considering buying an English translation of the Psalter for reading and prayer and I have selected two candidates, but I have difficulty with deciding in favor of one or the other. Especially that Jordanville Psalter (A Psalter for Prayer) has just been published in pocket edition (though the question of quality of this pocket edition arises, too). I've read reviews of both of them, but it's hard to contrast them based on that. Has anyone of you experience in using both of the Psalters and can share his opinion? I will probably eventually buy the other one of them, but now I can afford just one. I'd be grateful for any insights.

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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2016, 06:09:40 PM »
I'd recommend the Jordanville Psalter.
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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2016, 06:22:15 PM »
I'd recommend Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future by Fr. Seraphim Rose.







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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2016, 06:49:38 PM »
I've used both. The Boston Psalter I will pretty much use only if I have absolutely no other version of the psalms available. I use the Jordanville Psalter for my home use, though I have the original large, choir stand sized one, so it isn't really portable if I happen to be traveling (for that, I have the Kindle version).

The Boston Psalter has a very clunky translation - it reads almost as bad as Stan Lee's faux-Elizabethan dialogue for the Thor comics. About the only use for it is to giggle over "butter mountain". That and it's a decent travel size, I guess.

The Jordanville has a much better flow. It also has supplementary material such as reflections on and instructions for read the Psalms, and prayers after each Kathisma.
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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2016, 07:20:57 PM »
i prefer the Jordanville too. The pocket edition has a sewn binding, so it can't be that bad.
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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2016, 07:38:56 PM »
I've gotten used to the "Boston Psalter" after hearing it at Church for the past 34 years, though I remember finding it awkward when I first heard it, after growing up with the King James Bible and RSV.

I suggest you use whatever translation is closest to what is regularly used at your Church, and/or is in your prayer book. If the Psalms at your parish are read from the "Boston Psalter", why not stick with that, so that the psalms can fix in your memory. I find dealing with variant translations of the same text very annoying. 

Folks who grew up in the Anglican tradition, might find the "Jordanville" Psalter more familiar, since it was derived from the Coverdale Psalter.

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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 03:44:28 AM »
I use the Jordanville one at home and like it a lot.
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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2016, 04:33:22 AM »
Many people disagree, but I personally like the Boston Psalter translation. I handled the new pocket Jordanville Psalter and the binding, printing, and ease of use of the Boston Psalter is definitely better. The Jordanville is exceptionally small though--literally pocket-sized--though very "tight." It takes an effort to hold open and I feel you could easily lose your page. Not so with the Boston, which stays open fairly well after light use.

I've interacted with both so if you have any questions I can try to answer.
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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2016, 11:16:53 AM »
Thanks for all your opinions! So far I would summarize pros and cons in the following way:

Boston Psalter
+ pocket edition
+ well made, durable
+ used in my parish, indeed
- imperfect translation

Jordanville Psalter
+ nice translation
+ lots of additional material
+/- comes in pocket edition (though it may not be as easy to use as Boston Ps.)
- the standard edition is quite big

Antonis, could you elaborate a bit on why you like the Boston Psalter translation? And how would you compare the binding and printing of the Boston Psalter and the standard Jordanville one? Is the standard edition heavy or uncomfortably big?

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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2016, 11:27:55 AM »
Does anyone have links on where to purchase these?
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Re: Jordanville Psalter vs Boston Psalter
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2016, 11:36:19 AM »
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I have always found the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom to be so much more moving in the original Ukrainian.