Other Psalters Versions in use

There are other versions of the Psalter (singing the Psalms) which are available, based on Bible translations other than the 1650 King James Version (KJV). We will be adding to this list as we discover those that hold closely to Scripture.

1. The ARP Psalter with Bible Songs (2011) is set up in a typical hymnbook format with words and music on the same page. Much effort went into keeping these words true to modern Scripture translations. Several tunes from the Scottish and Irish psalters are included. Many of the tunes, however, are more difficult to sing than those in psalters which use the KJV words. www.arpbookstore.com/psalter-hard-cover?search=psalter>

2. The Book of Psalms for Worship (2009) is another good psalter. The ARP Psalter with Bible Songs used this research and many of the tunes in their 2011 publication. Both psalters include an “Index of Familiar Hymn Tunes”. This psalter is thicker and more complex since it includes additional tunes and variations for most psalms. It comes in a smaller version (although just as thick). There are helps, including several CDs (around 18 selections/CD). www.crownandcovenant.com/The_Book_of_Psalms_for_Worship_s/117.htm
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3. Psalms for All Seasons (2012) is a storehouse of information for psalm singers. The website is also full of useful information. The website includes examples from each Psalm in the book. Under “Liturgical Resources” you will find ‘Heidelberg Catechism & the Psalms’ plus ‘Psalm Singing History’–one explanation why churches have returned to singing Psalms. There are CDs available for this book, also. According to the website http://psalmsforallseasons.org/, the book includes:

  • the complete New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) text of the psalm, presented with alternating regular and boldfaced type for responsive readings and red markings that enable the chanting of the psalm
  • a Christian prayer that responds to a theme, imagery, or basic intent of the psalm;
  • a brief footnote which identifies the psalm’s genre or type, highlights significant features of its form or imagery, and suggests a range of uses in Christian worship
  • one or more settings of the psalm, most of which are musical settings for congregational use

4.The New St. Andrew’s Psalter for Parish and Home (2015) ed. John E. Haines:  A newly edited and arranged Anglican metrical psalter for unison voice, acoustic guitar and simplified keyboard accompaniment.  The text is from the 17th century Tate and Brady edition, adopted by the Protestant Episcopal Church of America in 1828.  Tunes are predominantly of early American and folk genre; some are original; some are from the Sacred Harp; and some have been lost to hymnody until this edition. The Psalter is downloadable at http://www.institutesml.org/books-and-articles.html/