If you have heard me speak any time over the last six months you have probably heard me go on and on about Psalm 65, which is often less-than-ideally translated into modern English versions of the Bible. The most literal (and allusive) translation of this Psalm begins in this way: “To you, silence is praise, O God in Zion…” (emphasis added). Most translations, however, tend to render the Hebrew word dumiyya (which has a meaning both of “silence” but also “expectation”) as “awaiting” or “befitting” rather than “silence,” as seen in the New International Version: “Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.” Anyway, this little mystery of “the missing silence” is the topic of my latest column at Patheos: The Mystery of the Missing Silence. So please, follow the link and take a look.
Mystery of the Missing Silence
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Books by Carl McColman
- Communion and the Broken Body September 13, 2009
- Of Death, Dementia, and Dear Old Friends November 11, 2010
- Wasting Time with God May 11, 2010
- Of Atheists and Apophatics… November 26, 2010
- Concerning Spiritual Noise, (Lack of) Inner Silence, and Singlemindedness October 25, 2010
- Benedictine Spirituality and the Community of Hope April 24, 2013
- Does God = Consciousness? April 12, 2013
- Carmelite Review reviews “Answering the Contemplative Call” April 11, 2013
- Concerning Stillness, Songs, and Soul Friends March 26, 2013
- Simplicity and Silence March 22, 2013
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