“My very learned and respectable friend, and predecessor in this College, now Bishop of Dromore, to whom at his request I had sent an extra of the eight last verses of the Ninth chapter of Daniel, from the ancient version of the Seventy, lately discovered and published at Rome, most obligingly returned his acknowledgments with the following ingenious remarks.
“The numbers which in this version are found different from those in the common text he thinks,” may be thus accounted for. “Seventy weeks add seven weeks are 539 years. Now “Cyrus’s decree according to all the Chronologers was “issued 536 years before Christ; and if we reckon by “hebdomads of years, we cannot come nearer to Christ’s “birth. Add to the sixty two years (mentioned ver. 26 and 27. in this Greek version) the surplus of three “years in the period of seventy seven weeks; and you “have the year LXV after Christ, the year immediately preceding the Jewish war. This too is called “Chris’s coming, Matt. xvi. 28. xxiv. 3. &c. ( Thus the period of weeks refers to the birth of Christ “with a sufficient exactness for prophetical language; “and that of years marks his coming in another sense “with historical precision” Thus the year of our Lord LXX, “when the city was destroyed, and the sacrifice ceased, “was the middle year of the week.”
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