9/2/22 FROM THE INTRODUCTIONS OF 18TH CENTURY BOOKS, PART 2

Good morning!  We’re returning to the quotes from Sir Isaac Newton’s OBSERVATIONS UPON THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL, AND THE APOCALYPSE OF JOHN from 1733:

“With the opinion of the first Commentators agrees the tradition of the Churches of Syria, preserved to this day in the title of the Syriac Version of the Apocalypse, which title is this: THE REVELATION WHICH WAS MADE TO JOHN THE EVANGELIST BY GOD IN THE ISLAND PATMOS, INTO WHICH HE WAS BANISHED BY NERO THE CAESAR…This opinion is further supported by the allusions in the Apocalypse to the Temple and Altar, and holy City, as then standing;” 

I need to remind us here that John was on Patmos, visiting heaven when the Temple and Altar were mentioned, and not in Jerusalem, so to say that this reference indicated that the Temple still stood because John was to literally measure it, is not valid.  It disturbs me that Newton didn’t figure this out. 

“…and to the Gentiles, who were soon after to tread under foot the holy City and outward Court.”

The treading referred to went on for centuries…up to this minute, despite the return of the Israelites to Jerusalem. And it will no doubt continue for the time being.

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2/18/22 THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE BIBLE, Part 1

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Today we’re going to look at Bible chronology. We’ve mentioned that some of the early Church Fathers tried to predict the End of the world, and we’ve already noticed some problems with that. With a cursory inspection, the Bible appears to be pretty straight forward in terms of time, because there are so many lists of ‘begats’ and many, many mentions of things that appear to provide an actual date, such as “in the fifteenth year of Tiberius”, or “at the end of the reign of Domitian.” Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. As an example, Sir Isaac Newton wrote 4500 pages on Bible chronology, and still couldn’t nail it down (I’ll include a link on the sources page to the Newton Project, where many of those pages are available in modern English). He did a whole chronology of the secular world as well, with somewhat better results. I think I read that his interest in astronomy started with trying to use reported astronomical events to provide dates for far distant historical events (he was only partially successful in doing that). And he was an undisputed genius.

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