Category: History

A Splendid Translation: Patrick P. O’Neill’s Old English Psalms

As early as the reign of King Alfred of Wessex, during the years 871-899, the Anglo-Saxons had begun to translate portions of the Bible from Latin into the vernacular. King Alfred, in fact, who had a personal devotion to praying the psalms, is thought to have translated the first fifty psalms himself.

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Orlando’s Lesson: No More Playing Games—It’s Time for War

Obama’s press conferences in response to this year’s string of terrorist attacks—Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and even the first press conference after Orlando—were all marked by a laconic or, perhaps more accurately, lackadaisical demeanor, suggesting that the twentieth century’s greatest orator really wanted to be miles away—at a Cuban baseball game, tangoing in Argentina, smoking Camels behind the barn, anywhere but where he was.

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