According to a news report, a construction worker in Ireland found a 1,200-year-old Book of Psalms in a bog. The news report says:
“In this undated photo provided by the National Museum of Ireland an ancient book of psalms is seen at an undisclosed location. Ireland’s archeologists heralded as a miracle Tuesday, July 25, 2006 the accidental discovery of an ancient book of psalms _ discovered last week when an exceptionally alert construction worker spotted something as he drove the shovel of his backhoe into a bog. The approximately 20-page book has been dated to 800 A.D. to 1000 A.D. and, according to Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan, is the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries. Never before has such a fragile, old document been discovered buried in the soggy earth of Ireland.”
This is an important discovery. From a textual perspective, I just wonder how this edition of the Book of Psalms dated 800 A.D. will compare with modern translations of Psalms.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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