"Weeks" in the Old Testament
I was intrigued by this key phase - "Seventy Sevens" - from Daniel 9:24. It's a pivotal phrase for understanding this chapter. CLICK HERE to get a look at every use in the OT of the "sevens" portion. It's rare, so easy to look over - only 20 uses in the OT. And the four uses in Daniel 9 are unique in referring to "a week of years."
Interpretative Grid of Perspectives On Daniel 9
As I mentioned Sunday, "among people who take the Bible seriously" there tend to be five different understandings of the meaning of Daniel 9. Again, several of them are pretty similar, I don't think they can all be correct at the same time. CLICK HERE to look at a comparative overview of those perspectives - from the ESV Study Bible - as well as some interesting quotations various from commentaries. You will notice that my own best construction of the "Seventy Sevens Timeline" is a mixture of the Covenantal and Dispensational views presented here. For more on how I got there, read the Palmer Robertson piece below.
Prophets Experiencing Exile: Daniel
CLICK HERE for a section on this passage from the book The Christ of the Prophets by Palmer Robertson. CLICK HERE for Amazon link to the book. Specific thanks to Pastor Bryan Rhodes for giving this to me.
Charles Spurgeon Sermon on Daniel 9:24
CLICK HERE if you would like to get a sense of how Baptist's used to preach on this passage. He's great!
A Jewish Interpretation of Daniel 9
The Interpretive Grid above includes the "Maccabean View" which is a Jewish perspective on Daniel 9. CLICK HERE for more detail on how people - in this case a Jewish person - read Daniel 9. Again, not my perspective because I think Jesus is the center of ALL SCRIPTURE and to read any passage in the Old or New Testament as if His life, death and resurrection had never happened is of no interest to me. Still, we share the Book of Daniel with our Jewish neighbors, so I'm willing to understand their perspective.
Daniel 9 Inspred Rock 'n Roll? You Bet!
You knew if it existed I would know about it, didn't you? One my favorite bands of any sort from back in my day was called "The Seventy Sevens." I'm actually listening and singing with them as I post this blog. If you are on Spotify, check out theser three songs from their GREAT but unheard of album called Ping Pong Over The Abyss:
CLICK HERE for Time Is Slipping Away
CLICK HERE for Ping Pong Over the Abyss
CLICK HERE for Denomination Blues
I'm standing on the Rock and my name is on the Roll!!!
Earlier Post on Daniel
CLICK HERE for my first listing of resources on this sermon series.