Interpretation of the Book of Daniel

The various interpreters of the prophecies of Daniel may be divided into three basic schools, according to their views of the events referred to in the book. 1. Events in Ancient History. Expositors of one school assign Daniel’s depiction of great tribulation and deliverance mostly to an episode of Jewish history 2,000 years or more ago, under Antiochus Epiphanes, a tyrant who sought to abolish the Jewish religion in 168 B.C. Those who hold this view see Antiochus as the “little horn” of Dan. 7 and 8 , and interpret the four kingdoms of Dan. 2 and 7 as culminating with the Greco-Macedonian Empire, which is considered to be the fourth. Many of this group of expositors reject the validity of the predictive element in prophetic literature, and attribute the book of Daniel to an unknown ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.