July 26, 2006
Irish Worker Has 'Timely' Find' Of Ancient Psalms In BogTopics: Faith
In one of those "you can't make this stuff up" moments, it was open to Psalm 83, known to those living in Israel as a well known imprecatory psalm -- one of the "War Psalms." Part of it reads:In what archeologists in Ireland heralded as a miracle Tuesday, an ancient book of psalms was accidentally discovered last week when an exceptionally alert construction worker spotted something as he drove the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more." (Psalm 83:2-4)
The approximately 20-page book has been dated to 800 A.D. to 1000 A.D. and, according to a Trinity College manuscripts expert, it is the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries. Apparently Such a fragile, old document has never before been discovered buried in the soggy earth of Ireland. The book was found open to a page describing, in Latin script, part of Psalm 83 - a lament to God over other nations' attempts to wipe out Israel (incredible sense of timing, given Ahmadinejad's and Hezbollah's stated goal of wiping Israel off the map).
Irish archaeologists Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms by a construction worker who spotted something while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.Read more here...
The approximately 20-page book has been dated to the years 800-1000. Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan said it was the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries.
See the end of Psalm 83 at Dumb Ox, with additional commentary.
Two very related items:
Dialogue with a Saudi Muslim (a must read) - I find it hard to believe that moderate Muslims share the same beliefs as Mr. Soliman al-Buthe (aka AlBut'hi), a Saudi Wahabi. I'd be very interested in hearing from Muslim readers on this. Readers should also read Part One, which has a brief Introduction; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; and Part Five.
Posted by Richard at July 26, 2006 8:45 PM
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