Bog of Psalms

[See my clarification on this story here]

This story caught my eye last night: It looks like a medieval book of Psalms was discovered by a backhoe worker in Ireland. The 20-page vellum Latin manuscript has been dated to the 800-1000 CE by archaeologists. Ironically, the book was found open to Psalm 83, a psalm in which God hears complaints of other nations’ attempts to wipe out the name of Israel.

The discovery has been referred to as “Ireland’s Dead Sea Scroll” and has been hailed as “the greatest find from a European bog” (I wonder what is the second greatest find from a European bog?). The full AP story may be found here; here are some pictures (from AP) for your viewing enjoyment:

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One Response to Bog of Psalms

  1. Jeremy says:

    It’s now reported it was opened to Psalm 84, according to Reuters:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060727/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_ireland_psalms

    (Via Paleojudaica)

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