An exhaustive depiction of the end times.
“Truth never changes,” Marie writes in this work of systematic scriptural analysis, “and it can usually be verified by an objective mind which impartially examines the evidence.” The truth her book seeks to verify is the precise, virtually day-to-day calendar of the events that will transpire in this Christian conception of the end of time and creation. Verification might seem like a tall order, and the task gets trickier in light of the 2,000 years of scholarly disagreement about the meanings of key biblical verses. In particular, Marie focuses on Daniel 9:25, translated in the King James Version as: “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous time.” Marie takes readers step by step through not only a deconstruction of this verse, but also a searching analysis of how it differs in key ways from other translations. The New Revised Standard, for instance, has the crucial words “there shall be seven weeks; and for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again,” thus separating rather than adding the two durations. Marie’s main concern is correcting what she views as centuries of misinterpretation that takes each week in Daniel to be a metaphor for seven years; she holds that the original text calls for a different reading, one in which those contested weeks are actually composed of normal days. With meticulous care, she supports this reading with a wide-ranging analysis of Scripture that’s confidently done, though it will quickly leave the general reader behind: this is specific eschatology for serious students of the subject. Those interested and up to speed will be both intrigued and impressed.
A dense and important end-times study that offers serious, credible challenges to long-standing scriptural readings.