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DANIEL'S PROPHECY

OF THE

SEVENTY WEEKS.

36.

LONDON:

GILBERT & RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.

OF THE

SEVENTY WEEKS.

INTERPRETED

BY A LAYMAN.

Nulla chronologiæ pars vexatior est, ac illa, quæ agit de 70 hebdoma-
dibus Danielis. Ab apostolicis temporibus ad nostram usque ætatem
laboravere in hoc argumento complures viri sancti et eruditi, sed si
usquam, certe hic vanus et irritus fuit ipsorum labor. Peccavere tam in
principio, quam fine hebdomadibus istis adsignando, adeoque a se invicem
longe abivere, ut, si quis discrepantes eorum evolvat sententias, facile
intelligat, ubi tanta est contentio, ibi vel nullam vel incertam esse veri-
tatem.-Is. Vossius, Chronol. Sac. cap. xxiv.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. G. & F. RIVINGTON,

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD,

AND WATERLOO PLACE, PALL MALL.

1836.

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CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

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Many treatises on Prophecy-Seventy Weeks' Prophecy

often avoided–Taunts of the Jews at our difficulties--
Obstacles to a correct Jewish chronology from Cyrus to
the birth of Christ—No precise time fixed by the Jews
for the appearance of Messiah - Vagueness of their
chronology, and difficulties as to Persian kings in Scrip-
ture, impediments to interpreters—First Apocryphal
book of Esdras perhaps a guide-Quoted by the ear-
liest Christian writers—Adopted by Josephus-- Pro-
posed explanation strengthened by, but not dependent
upon it-Bias towards a Christian view of the subject
perhaps a cause of difficulties—Instances—No expla-
nation hitherto quite satisfactory-Proposed explanation
literal rather than figurative, Jewish rather than Christ-
ian—Daniel's supplication---Answered in the prophecy

— The Seventy Weeks, weeks of covenant upon Judah
and Jerusalem-Sixty-nine Weeks fulfilled at the birth
of Messiah-One week of covenant renewed at the time

the war..

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CHAPTER II.
Seventy Weeks' Prophecy a subject of difficulty from the

times of the early fathers till now-Interpreters classed

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