Keywords: Psalter, Slavic translation, Septuagint, masoretic text, parallelism, modern translation


The author of the article claims that the translation of the Psalter into the contemporary Ukrainian literary language and its comprehensive study remain urgent for the domestic scientific and theological community despite the individual attempts to implement this project. The correlation of the Hebrew and the Greek texts as well as their adequate reproduction in the Ukrainian language, taking into account the active centuries-old use of the Slavic translation is a problem for the contemporary translators. Pointing out a practical way to solve this problem, the author proposes his own linguistic scholia to the Masoretic, Greek and Slavic texts of the first three Psalms and also offers a version of their translation. The original texts from Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and Septuaginta were used for the work, as well as the commonly used text of the Psalter in the Church Slavonic language. As for Ukrainian translators, the researcher focuses on the liturgical Psalter in the Kyiv translation of 1920, the text of which was edited in 1947 by professors of the Ukrainian Theological Academy in Munich, and the Book of Psalms from the translation department of the Ukrainian Bible Society in 2016: this text claims to be academic and is the latest linguistic word on this topic in Ukrainian biblical studies. Analyzing the original texts, the researcher pays special attention to the basic poetic principle of the biblical poetry – parallelism. He also analyzes individual lexemes, expressions and difficult-to-understand passages, which have repeatedly become the subject of professional discussion, and gives possible options for their translation. The material presented in the article will be useful not only for the Ukrainian specialists in the biblical studies but also for philologiststranslators, literary scholars – all those who are interested in hermeneutics and exegesis of the biblical texts.


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How to Cite
Kozhushnui, O. (2022). LINGUISTIC SCHOLIA TO THE UKRAINIAN TRANSLATION OF THE 1th – 3th PSALMS: DOI: Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Literary Studies. Linguistics. Folklore Studies, (2(32), 36-40. Retrieved from