THE SEVENTY WEEKS OF DANIEL Presented to Michael O’Brien for BIBL 450 – Daniel/Revelation by Gregory Rains Student ID 23549 July 28, 2011 Of all the controversial texts found in Scripture, perhaps one of the most divisive is the prophecy of The Seventy Weeks of Daniel found in Daniel 9: 24-27. Written while the Jews were in exile in Babylon, this passage was a prophecy spoken by the angel Gabriel given to the Jewish people as a form of encouragement. “Whether Daniel understood all that he heard is not revealed to us, but Gabriel’s message assured him that the nation of Israel would be restored to their land, the city of Jerusalem and the temple would be rebuilt, and God would make provision for cleansing of the nation.” Scholars have disagreed over the interpretation of this passage with several points of view becoming fairly prominent over the years. However, the interpretation of the first sixty-nine weeks of the prophecy having now been fulfilled with the final week yet to come seems to be the most logical application of the text. This view is supported by the research herein and through exegetical study of the Scripture themselves.
Secondly, they are the chosen people of God, which means they live beyond the rest of mankind. Thirdly, they are always the witness of God. However, the history of Jews is full of tears, because they found it difficult to live at peace with the rest of mankind. Christianity, the religion emerged from Judaism, is known as a new religion by that time, Jesus Christ was a Jew, but he created Christianity by adding supernumerary laws to the Jewish law based on mercy not only on justice—the forgiveness of the original sin and the promise of eternal life in paradise for Christians who are willing to be the witness of Jesus. Islam, the youngest religion in all three, was founded by Muhammad.
During the time in which David and Solomon reigned, the literature written reached its peak. It was then that the Book of Psalms and the Book of Proverbs were written. These two works poetically expressed the praise and worship to God and taught people how to live their lives in a godly manner (Life Application Study Bible, 1997). Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord (Psalms 150:6).
Life: Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian, and one of America's greatest intellectuals. Edwards's theological work is broad in scope, but he was rooted in Reformed theology, the metaphysics of theological determinism, and the Puritan heritage. Born in Conneticut, son of a minister and Reverend Solomon Stoddard's (very influential in New England) daughter, followed their steps. First well-educated at home by his father and elder sisters, then entered Yale College at 13. He became acquainted with John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, which influenced him profoundly as well as Newton's physics and Malebranche's moral philosophy among others.
Loyalty is defined in the Websterâ€™s dictionary as faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause or a duty. Through this definition, it can be expressed that loyalty is a major theme in Homerâ€™s epic, â€œThe Odysseyâ€. The author presents four mayor illustrations of loyalty, which are given by Penelope, Telemachus, Eumaeus and Philoetius and Odysseus. Penelope is Odysseus faithful wife who not only doesnâ€™t re-marry but also keeps hope that Odysseus is still alive and will someday come home. Telemachus embarks on a journey in search of his father, who has never actually met.
PSALM 74 EXEGESES Psalm 74 is a representative of an intentionally crafted liturgical approach to God during a time of national distress. The purpose of this exegetical discourse will be to utilize the form critical approach to highlight the literary tactics employed by the cultic prophets of Israel, particularly in the formation and use of didactic Psalms as communal laments as a functioning part of Israel’s worship. From the Genesis to Revelation, the formation and sustaining of community is a vital component of God’s plan for humanity. The formation of community is stressed in the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and Abraham and Sarah and becomes increasingly important in the formation of the Israelite nation, through the time of the exodus of Israel from Egypt and beyond. While the natural act of procreation is functional in the formation of community through family, it is the institution of communal worship implicated in Genesis 7:17 that is the divine tool of protraction vital to the sustaining of the community.
Select the two elements of the seven elements of Jesus’ wisdom discussed by McKnight that relate most to where your are in your life at this point and write about how you might practice these elements of wisdom. Discover who you are by loving others: Enemies can be loved easier than conquered. These two things I can relate to because I feel like if I don’t love myself for who I am, then I can never show love to the people around me. And I also need to learn how to forgive people and forget about the past. Chapter 8 Church.Life 1.
The people were directed to live their lives according to God’s will Decalogue/Book of the Covenant: codes made life in community possible The codes of Israel reflect the norms of the covenant: reciprocal responsibility, mercy, and truthfulness Justice: sense of what is right or what should happen The Reign of God and Justice Jesus enter human history as God’s anointed son who announces the nearness of the reign of God Jesus proclaims: resist the temptations of power and prestige, follow his Fathers will, and pray that his will shall be accomplished on earth Greatest commandment: God is to be loved with the whole heart, mind , and soul; You shall love your neighbor as yourself Jesus offers a vivid picture of the last judgment Called to be Disciples in Community Jesus summoned his first followers, they will continue the work of proclaiming and building God’s kingdom Discipleship involves: imitating the pattern of Jesus, openness to God’s will in the service of others Poverty, Riches, and the Challenge of Discipleship The rich are wise in their own eyes and are prone to apostasy and idolatry, as well as to violence and oppression The poor are neither blinded by wealth or idols which will make them open to God’s
Christ had referred to the Old Testament summary of all the laws of the Bible into two great commandments: "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and your neighbor as yourself'" (Luke 10:27). When asked who was a neighbor, Christ related the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). It was the Good Samaritan who took care of the mugging victim who was a neighbor to the victim. The others who walked by and ignored the victim's plight were not acting as neighbors to him. In the light of all we have seen the Scriptures teach to this point, can we argue that if we were able to save another's life from an attacker by shooting the attacker with our gun that we should "turn the other cheek instead?"
The Davidic covenant sounds like a very earthly dominion when in reality, it is talking about God’s kingdom. God always had a plan, and this was simply the next step in that plan. The sixth event in the Bible which is a foundation of the story of the Bible is the Babylonian Captivity. The Babylonian captivity is a major event in the Bible because it is a reminder that our actions do have consequences… and through those hard times God is able to work in and through us to show us how He still loves us even though we mess up. God always has a plan for us.