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Daniel's Prophecy Logically Examined: A Biblical Evaluation Of The 70 Weeks
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I also encourage you to consider the case he makes. Truth is, many will reject John's thesis. However, that being said, the prophecy in Daniel 9 is the subject of all kinds of speculation already, and one more approach is not so bad.
Eoff comes as an independent thinker. This densely written 55 pages booklet is not an easy read. Eoff's writing is brief, to the point, and compact: he intends to challenge his readers. From the very first sentence, he calls Goliath to come stand front and center: “The often tried but never true formula of equating each week of Daniel’s prophecy to seven years of historical time will not yield a viable solution to the riddle found in the book of Daniel.”
This, of course, flies in the face of the standard way Christian interpreters approach this text, and who say that 70 weeks means 70 x 7 years = 490 years. Eoff quips that this is “impossible” and is “a total failure of the rational.” Instead, he says that the “weeks of years” in Daniel are 10 years (not 7), and he goes from there.
Eoff also does something else that flies in the face of many Christian interpreters: he makes a distinction (in 9:25) between the 7 weeks and the 62 weeks. Most add these together to get 69 weeks. Not Eoff. He says to do so “is not demanded, and in fact is misleading.” [I personally think he is right on this particular point, as is borne out in translations like the RSV, NRSV, JPS, and others. The Hebrew text is actually marked to show a break, but this is too often ignored by translators and popular preachers. Furthermore, no place in Hebrew is the number 69 arrived at in this manner. The original KJV also agreed with this separation, but the currently available revision of the KJV changed the translation to run 7 weeks and 62 weeks together. The NASV, NIV, and others (wrongly) run the phrases together as well.] Eoff does not actually trace all of this history, and he is not the first to take this position. Even so, he develops his case in very independent ways. In some cases he gives credit to one Dr. Ron McRay; in other cases he is making his own way; in all cases he is thinking for himself. Eoff starts his countdown at 606, spends a good deal of time in Josephus, and arrives at an end-date for the parousia as A.D. 74 (!).
I’m not personally a disciple of Eoff’s position in this book. There are important methodological questions that beg for attention (hence only 4 stars). Even so, on this one point, I am a devoted disciple of John Eoff: the fact that he is tireless and energetic in his love for the reading of the scriptures so that at 82, he is writing and publishing books! I know this man personally and somewhat closely, and I love the fact that he always wants to talk about some aspect of the scriptures. Most Christians I know don’t even care about Bible study. But his zeal for the scriptures, coupled with his spirit of love and grace, causes me to wave his flag in this review.
Buy his book. And whether you agree or disagree, you will hopefully say: “I should be so moved to study with such zeal!”