Some people are calling this an important omen.
Irish archaeologists Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms by a construction worker while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog.
The approximately 20-page book has been dated to the years 800-1000. Trinity College manuscripts expert Bernard Meehan said it was the first discovery of an Irish early medieval document in two centuries.
“There’s two sets of odds that make this discovery really way out,” Wallace said. “First of all, it’s unlikely that something this fragile could survive buried in a bog at all, and then for it to be unearthed and spotted before it was destroyed is incalculably more amazing.”
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.
For several years now, Gedolim (leading scholars) have called for the daily recitation of Tehillim Pey-Gimmel, Psalm 83, on behalf of our brethren in the Land of Israel. Does the discovery of this ancient Psalm in the middle of the current conflict mean something? I’m not sure that I want to attribute great spiritual meaning to the discovery of a Latin translation of a Psalm in an Irish bog. If this inspires more people to say Psalm 83 then so much the better, and if posting this article makes people pull out a Tehillim and look at the words of this Kepitel more carefully, then that’s better still.
Interestingly enough, Yeranen Yaakov published a piece on “Psalm 83 and Ahmedinejad” just a few weeks ago — another indication of the timeliness of this discovery.