The Psalms of David: Imitated in the Language of the New Testament

By: Isaac Watts

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Bible - Printed Book








Printed on Paper


6.1 × 4 × 1.1 in. (15.6 × 10.1 × 2.8 cm)

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Not on View

Isaac Watts (1674–1748) was an English Nonconformist minister and author who is widely regarded today as the “father of English hymnody.” Over the course of his life, he authored approximately 750 hymns, including “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.” Perhaps his most beloved hymn, however, is “Joy to the World,” which he based on Psalm 98. In his book, The Psalms of David, Watts broke with tradition by retaining the basic format of the psalms, but paraphrasing (“imitating”) each using New Testament words and concepts.

Printed in 1719 by J. Clark, R. Ford, and R. Cruttenden, London, England. Acquired by Mary T., unknown owner;[1] Acquired by 2010 by Gene Albert (Christian Heritage Museum), Hagerstown, Maryland;[2] Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2016 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry), under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] The name of this unidentified owner appears on the title page of the book. [2] Christian Heritage Museum could provide no further information.

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