Friday, January 19, 2007

Ancient Interpretations of Daniel

Josephus, Antiquities, 10.7: “[Daniel] wrote about the empire of the Romans and that [Jerusalem]… would be desolated…by them.”

Augustine, Epistle, 199:31: “For let us not suppose that the computation of Daniel’s weeks was interfered with… or that they were not complete, but had to be completed afterward in the end of all things, for Luke most plainly testifies that the prophecy of Daniel was accomplished at the time when Jerusalem was overthrown.”

Eusebius, Chronicle: “...after our Lord’s Passion, the sacrifice and offering ceased in the middle of the week. For whatever took place in the Temple after that date was not a valid sacrifice to God.”

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