Thursday, March 05, 2020

Daniel and the end of Antiochus IV

READING ACTS: Daniel 11:36-12:3 – The Willful King. Another installment in Phil Long's blog series on the Book of Daniel.

In my view, Daniel 11:36-39 are so vaguely polemical that it is difficult to be sure whether they apply to specific things that Antiochus Epiphanes did. But vv. 40-45 make quite specific predictions which Antiochus did not fulfill, except that he did die not long after the profanation of the Jerusalem Temple. More on that here and links. For three (!) conflicting accounts of how Antiochus died, see 1 Maccabees 3:31-37; 6:1-17 and 2 Maccabees 1:12-16; 9:1-29. But all three place his death in the vicinity of Persia, not the land of Israel. The other events in Daniel 11:40-45 didn't happen.

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