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July 26, 2006


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The timing was pretty bad to unearth that cool artifact.


I read a clarification in the NY Times that removed the reference to the Psalm concerning the enemies of Israel -- apparently this was a mixup due to a different numbering of psalms in the Vulgate? The niceties escape me but another spooky coincidence goes up in smoke. The book in the bog was really open to the Psalm regarding the "vale of tears," which I suppose suggests we're all having a relatively rotten time, not just Israel.


For the record, from NY Times July 29, 2006:

Psalm Corrections

The National Museum of Ireland, which this week announced the discovery of a 1,200-year-old Book of Psalms in a bog, has issued a clarification about just what the Psalter revealed. In its initial announcement on Wednesday, the museum said the 20-page manuscript was open to a page showing Psalm 83; news reports noted that in the 17th-century King James version, the psalm exhorts God to act against conspirator nations plotting to erase any memory of “the name of Israel.” But the museum’s director, Patrick F. Wallace, said in a statement yesterday that the announcement had “led to misconceptions about the revealed wording.” The text visible on the manuscript “does not refer to wiping out Israel,” Dr. Wallace said, “but to the ‘vale of tears’ ” in Psalm 83 of the Vulgate, the Latin version used in medieval times. The text about wiping out the name of Israel occurs in the Vulgate as Psalm 82, which is not visible in the Irish manuscript. ALAN COWELL

Bryan Alexander

Aha. Thank you, Len, for tracking that down.

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