The Honey of Souls is the first full-length study of the Explanation of the Psalms by Cassiodorus. While the Explanation became a seminal document for the monastic movement in the West and was eagerly read and widely quoted for centuries, it has languished in relative obscurity in the modern period. Derek Olsen explores Cassiodorus and his strategies for reading as a window into a spirituality of the psalms that defined early Western biblical interpretation.
Derek A. Olsen earned a PhD in New Testament from Emory University in 2011. His research focuses on the intersection between Scripture and liturgy, and he currently serves on the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. He is also the author of Reading Matthew with Monks (Liturgical Press, 2015).
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Chapter One: The Psalter, a Bible in Miniature
Chapter Two: Technological Challenges
Chapter Three: Cassiodorus and His Work
Chapter Four: An Initial Glance at the Explanation of the Psalms
Chapter Five: Cassiodorus and the Interpretive Framework
Chapter Six: The Preface to the Commentary
Chapter Seven: Editing Augustine and Reading the Scriptures
Chapter Eight: A Thorough Reading of Psalm 87
Chapter Nine: Five Psalms-Short Takes
Chapter Ten: The Legacy of Cassiodorus
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