[b-hebrew] Daniel 9:24-27
TedBro at aol.com
TedBro at aol.com
Sun Dec 21 08:48:15 EST 2008
For some reason I did not received the first posting of this thread. Could
someone either repost or send it directly to me?
Accordingly I did not grasp the thesis. What is being proposed regarding the
redating of Daniel? Is the proposal Christological, e.g. applying a day for
a year and interpreting the 70 weeks (=490 years) as beginning in 455 BCE and
ending in the first century CE? Or is a Persian era interpretation being
I'm not sure of exactly what is being said about the two lunar eclipses, but
if this reading of the text is certain, then it is very good evidence to peg
the dates for Artaxerxes. One caution is to actually double check directly
with astronomers as to the actual occurrence of such a dual eclipse. I have
seen some very poor scholarship when one antiquarian relies on the statements
of another, but fails to get a real astrophysicist to weigh in.
In a message dated 12/21/2008 3:28:51 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
torythrp at yahoo.com writes:
Rolf: "A comparison of the Akkadian signs (not the English translation) of
the cuneiform tablets BM 32234 - the tablet reporting the two lunar eclipses
in year 21 of Xerxes - and the celestial positions on BM 33478 - which
tentatively is applied to year 24 of Artaxerxes I, the reign of Artaxerxes I is
pushed back 10 years - 475 being his accession year. (The tablets are discussed
in H. Hunger et al. (2001). "Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from
Babylonia, vol V, Lunar and Planetary Texts" pp. 20, 21) and A. Sachs, H.
Hunger (1988) "Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia, vol I, pp.
58-61.) This astronomical information destroys the king list of Ptolemy, and
interestingly - it shows that year 20 of Artaxerxes I is 455, the very year
that the 19th century expositors used as starting point."
Out of curiosity, what Akkadian signs are you referring to?
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