July 26, 2006

Finding God's Thoughts? Ancient Ireland Speaks to Israel

Clear thinking from long ago

In the process of a blog argument, in which otherwise rational folk were outdoing one another calling the Israelis "murdering scumbags" and that kind of thing, I was led to a posting on Burton Front from way up there in Burton, New Brunswick, Canada. I've been to Montreal, and Quebec, and to Yonge Street in Toronto, but I've sure as hell never been to Burton. Never knew there was a Burton. But I know it now.

Burton Front links to a news story about a book of psalms that was found at a Dublin construction site. The 20 page leather book had been preserved in a bog. The book from the bog is estimated to be about 1,000 to 1,2000 years old. It could have been destroyed 1000 years ago but was not. It could have been destroyed in this modern construction, but was not.

The book was found open to a page describing, in Latin script, Psalm 83, in which God hears complaints of other nations' attempts to wipe out the name of
Israel. In the context of today's fighting in Lebanon, and widespread condemnation of Israel for defending itself, is this frail book, this tiny remnant, is a kind of sign?

"This is really a miracle find," said Pat Wallace, director of the National Museum of Ireland. Yes it is.

A big hat tip to Anselm Fintan of Burton Front from Burton, New Brunswick, Canada, which is hereby blogrolled.

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