Category Archives: Daniel

Struggles with Daniel 2, Part II

I talked in my post yesterday about the statue in Daniel 2.  I said that I identified with liberal scholars who argue that the legs represent Greece and the feet represent Alexander’s successors, the Diadachoi.  Conservative scholars tend to argue … Continue reading

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Struggles with Daniel 2

I am reading the Book of Daniel for my daily quiet time.  A few days ago, I was reading Daniel 2. In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has a dream about a statue, which is made of various metals.  … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Abomination of Desolation in Biblical Eschatology

Desmond Ford.  The Abomination of Desolation in Biblical Eschatology.  Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1979. I used to listen to Desmond Ford at one of the churches that I attended as a child.  The church’s leader would play for … Continue reading

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Daniel 9:24-27, and the Hardest Passage in Lee Harmon’s Book

In my blog post today on Lee Harmon’s Revelation: The Way It Happened, I’ll be talking about the most difficult passage in Lee’s book.  I’ll use as my starting-point Daniel 9:24-27.  That passage says the following (according to the King … Continue reading

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Some Interesting Points in Goldstein’s II Maccabees

I started Jonathan Goldstein’s Anchor Bible commentary on II Maccabees. Goldstein dates I Maccabees to 90 B.C.E., Jason of Cyrene’s work to 86 B.C.E., and the abridgement of Jason’s work that we recognize as II Maccabees to 78/7-63 B.C.E.  Goldstein … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Speak Hebrew?

I started Brad Young’s Jesus and His Jewish Parables: Rediscovering the Roots of Jesus’ Teachings.  In my latest reading, Brad Young defends the view that Jesus’ spoken language was Hebrew. I wrote a post a few months ago that touched … Continue reading

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Witherington on Jesus’ Eschatology, Son of Man, and Abba

I have three items for my write-up today on Ben Witherington III’s The Christology of Jesus. 1.  In my post on this book yesterday, I struggled to understand Witherington’s view on Jesus’ eschatology, as I sought an answer to the … Continue reading

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In the Days of These Kings (Daniel 2)

Growing up in the Armstrongite tradition, I heard about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the image in Daniel 2 over and over again.  It was also emphasized in an independent Seventh-Day church that I attended.  I continually learned and relearned that the … Continue reading

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Ancient Higher Critic?

Source: H. Graetz, History of the Jews, volume II (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893) 502. “In Daniel, the Christian dogmatists had discovered a Sibylline book, with vague insinuations and mystic numbers, which they contended contained prophecies related to … Continue reading

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Legalistic Christians?

Source: H. Graetz, History of the Jews, volume II (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1893) 473. “[According to the Mishna, t]he discharge of certain duties secures the enjoyment of reward on earth and in the world to come; such … Continue reading

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