Special Collections: Boston University School of Theology Library
By Sophia Lufkin

The Massachusetts Bible Society Collection at the BUSTh Library contains over 4,000 items, including Bibles and tracts from a wide range of cultures and languages. Our spotlight is on  The Whole Book of Psalmes: Collected into English Metre, published in England in 1637. It includes Psalm translations by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and the 1560 Geneva Bible.

First published in 1562, this was one of the earliest translations of the Psalms into English. The authors composed this as a metrical psalter, meaning that they translated the original Hebrew into vernacular, rhyming poetry. The book included musical notation, and became one of the first congregational hymnals in the Church of England. It was distributed in churches, often bound together with the 1560 Geneva Bible. As the authors wrote in their title page, one of their hopes for this sing-along hymnal was that ordinary people would sing Psalms to themselves as they went about their daily lives, instead of contemporary “ungodly songs and ballads.” One of the most enduring hymns in this collection is William Kethe’s version of Ps. 100, “All People that on Earth Do Dwell.”

This edition was popular in its time, and was used in congregational worship until 1698. Perhaps unsurprisingly -- given its popularity with ordinary people -- critics derided the translations as simplistic and watered down. According to BUSTh librarians, Queen Elizabeth called this book “Geneva jigs” because she felt the tunes and translations were “inappropriately incompatible with the ancient prayers.”

The title page text reads:
The Whole Book of Psalms: collected into English metre, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others, conferred with the Hebrew, with apt notes to sing them withall. Set forth and allowed to be sung in all churches, of all the people together, before and after morning and evening prayer, and also before and after sermons: and moreover in private houses, for their godly solace and comfort, laying apart all ungodly songs and ballads, which tend onely to the nourishing of vice, and corrupting of youth.”

Keep an eye on our Special Collections page as we periodically highlight some of the treasures found in the BTI Consortium libraries this spring!
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Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Presented by Boston College Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Thursday, February 7, 5-7pm
Cushing Hall Auditorium, Boston College

The documentary Backs Against The Wall: The Howard Thurman Story chronicles the extraordinary life of theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and “mystic” who used religious expression to help ignite sweeping social change.

Friday, February 8, 7pm - 9pm
Boston University Marsh Chapel

Spiritual Paint Night involves painting mindfully as a spiritual practice (and eating fancy snacks)! We connect with ourselves, the divine, and the creative spark in us that sometimes needs a little structured space like this to not get smothered. You are welcome regardless of whether you're an experienced painter, or you're still figuring out which end of the paintbrush is which. You can choose to use our painting prompts/exercises to get some momentum, or just dive right into your own project. All painting materials will be provided! Make sure you RSVP to secure your canvas!
Lumen et Vita Annual Spring Conference
Presented by Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

Saturday, February 9, 9am - 6pm
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How do we integrate preaching the gospel and living it? What are the specific ways in which we can bring the Gospel to bear in our theological methodology, pastoral ministry, and spiritual life in the Church and the world? Join the Annual Spring Conference of Lumen et Vita as we explore these questions through paper sessions, a faculty panel, and keynote speaker, Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P. from University of Notre Dame.
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Manichaeans and the Invention of Prophethood: Religious Change in Late Antique Mesopotamia with Jae Hee Han
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Saturday, February 9, 10am-12pm
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30th Annual Meeting of the BTI Consortium's Orlando E. Costas Consultation on Mission and Ecumenism
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Gaudete, Boston College School of Theology & Ministry
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2019 Oxford Symposia on Religious Studies
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