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Ancient Psalms Found Preserved in Irish Bog

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Ancient Psalms Found Preserved in Irish Bog

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Ancient Psalms Found Preserved in Irish Bog

Ancient Psalms Found Preserved in Irish Bog

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Detail from the recently discovered book of psalms, which is more than 1,000 years old. National Museum of Ireland hide caption

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Detail from the recently discovered book of psalms, which is more than 1,000 years old.

National Museum of Ireland

Some people call it the Irish equivalent of the Dead Sea Scrolls: the discovery last week of fragments of an ancient book of psalms that had been buried in a bog for centuries.

Robert Siegel talks with Pat Wallace, director of the National Museum of Ireland, about the recent discovery in the midlands of Ireland. The text, which survived in a peat bog, is thought to have been written more than 1,000 years ago.

Psalm 84

Pat Wallace, director of the National Museum of Ireland, says Psalm 83, one of the Latin psalms found in the ancient book, corresponds to the modern Psalm 84. The following is the Common Worship psalter version of Psalm 84.

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