A Book of Psalms by Stephen Mitchell
In this book, the acclaimed author of The Gospel According to Jesus, Stephen Mitchell, has selected and adapted the fifty greatest Psalms from the Hebrew Bible. Some of his versions are fairly close translations, but he has also paraphrased, expanded, contracted, deleted, and freely improvised on the themes of the originals. As in his widely praised version of the Book of Job, Mr. Mitchell has here recreated the dense, supple music of Hebrew verse. The result is that for the first time the Psalms truly sing in the language of today.