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I am interested in locating both patristic resources and peer-reviewed scholarly works, concerning the existence of a possible connection between the following two passages from the Book of Daniel :

Daniel 5:30-31 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself.

I have also posted a similar question on Judaism.SE.

  • Related meta question. – Lucian Aug 26 '19 at 18:22
  • I think you are not getting answers to this on the other site because the only solid link between these two verses is the number sixty-two. One is 62 years and the other is 62 sevens. They are not even the same 62 somethings. Plus the context of the rest of Daniel 9 shows it is not referring to Daniel 5. – Jack Aug 28 '19 at 5:33
  • @Jack: Sixty-two time periods, immediately followed by the loss of an anointed leader. If the seventy years mentioned by the other prophets (9:2) become seventy weeks of years in Daniel (9:24), why would the sixty-two years of Darius/Cyrus not become sixty-two weeks of years as well ? – Lucian Aug 28 '19 at 13:57
  • Joshua Efron, Studies on the Hasmonean Period, page 80, footnote 66 : Sixty-two weeks (Dan. 9:25) correspond exactly to analogous sixty-two years (Dan. 6:1) of Darius the Mede. – Lucian Aug 28 '19 at 15:58

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