Know Therefore and Understand: A Biblical Explication of the First 69 Weeks of Daniel 9
by T. T. Schlegel. 58 pages. $11.95.
Is there an alternate interpretation of the start of the 70th Week that may also be more acceptable to Jews?
The interpretation of Daniel 9:25–26 has challenged biblical scholars for centuries. Because of this prophecy's significance for identifying "Messiah Prince," it continues to be a source of debate between Christians and Jews.
Within Christendom, most contemporary commentators have followed the common belief that the terminus a quo, or beginning point of the 70 weeks, occurred in either 445 BC or 444 BC, which points to Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the end point or terminus ad quem of the first 69 weeks. But is this biblically supportable? Many Jewish scholars have criticized the traditional Christian interpretation of these passages as both inconsistent with ancient Hebrew language and the testimony of scripture itself, while Christians have clung to this interpretation, believing it to be the only way to find literal fulfillment of this prophecy in person of Jesus.
Building on the arguments of 19th century scholar Nathaniel West, the author of Know Therefore and Understand argues that there are key scriptures outside of the book of Daniel that have a great bearing on Daniel 9:25–26, but which are commonly either dismissed or overlooked, and resolve the dispute with extraordinary simplicity and precision. These Scriptures provide a case for a much earlier terminus a quo that places the terminus ad quem, not at Jesus' triumphal entry, but at his birth.
The author's argument is testified both by the ancient prophets and by secular history, proving both to the Jewish and Christian communities that Jesus must be the "Messiah Prince" in a way that is both historically and biblically defensible.
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