28 July 2006

The Irish Psalter: Open to Psalm 84 (Not 83)

A few days ago, an early medieval psalter was found in an Irish bog. It was reported to have been open to Psalm 83, which apparently it was. The hard core Christians went wild.

But it was Psalm 83 of the Latin Vulgate Bible, not of the Protestant versions (such as the KJV or NIV), which number the Psalms differently. Psalm 83 of the Vulgate is Psalm 84 of the King James.

What a difference a chapter can make!

Psalm 83 (of the KJV) contains these verses.

For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

What a fine coincidence it was, too -- a clear message from God about the end times to come. Here's how the excited and credulous "Live From" CNN host, Kyra Phillips, introduces the topic.

So dig this. A man was bulldozing a bog in central Ireland the other day when he noticed something unusual in the freshly turned soil. Turns out he'd unearthed an early medieval treasure: an ancient book of Psalms that experts date to the years 800 to 1000. Experts say it will take years of painstaking work to document and preserve this book, but eventually it will go on public display.

Now here's the kicker. The book, about 20 pages of Latin script, was allegedly found opened to Psalm 83. Now, if you're a scholar, as you know, Psalm 83: "God hears complaints that other nations are plotting to wipe out the name of Israel."

But shucks! It wasn't Psalm 83 after all, but the very boring Psalm 84. Here is the verse (7) that the Psalter was open to.

Transeuntes in valle fletus fontem ponent eam (In the vale of tears, in the place which he hath set.)

But don't despair, hard core Christians. There is still a way to interpret this verse as a warning from God about the coming destruction. It's all laid out clearly in Hot Air.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's quite sad and just plain pathetic that people would get so excited about the end of the world. Clearly, they place no value on life, but that is a typical Christian trait. If fundi Christians ruled the world, they'd start off world war three for the sole purpose of bringing about the apocalypse. These people are dangerous and deluded; they are terrorists in the making, and we must all unite against their disgusting, propaganda filth to protect ourselves. All statesmen and politicians with ANY religious affiliation should be STRIPPED of their titles IMMEDIATELY and kicked out of office pending a heavy fine. Likewise, all churches should be taxed heavily and the Vatican should be made subject to E.U. rule. Unless of course you fancy theocratic dictatorships such as those all throughout history which burned homosexuals at the stake, beat up children and treated women as slaves, and the same types of theocratic dictatorships still in Africa and the Middle East.

Anonymous said...

It's not that we don't fear death nor the future, that we don't value life itself.
Take a look around you and see how Christians live, we try to live in harmony with nature and respect all other people. What makes you think we would start a war?
Bless you.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the ancient page found opened. Regarless of what Christians say. There is no other book (like the Bible) that tells the future of a nation (and nations) before hand with such authority. Israel is the only nation I know of that has been dead and gone for 2000 years and then came back to life just as predicted in Ezekiel 37 (written 571 BC). In addition to resurecting a whole nation, their language, writting and culture have been brought back to life. You may not like the supernatural starring you in the face every day as it leaps off the front page of your news paper but fasten your seat belt because more confirmation is on the way!