When Did the 2300 Days of Daniel 8:14 Begin and End? Fresh Evidence from Scripture, Chronology, and Karaite History

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Conference Proceeding

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Daniel 8:14, Bible prophecies, Karaite Judaism, Seventh-day Adventists


This presentation accepts and assumes the solid work done by other Seventh-day Adventist scholars in establishing the date of 457 BC as the starting date for the 2,300-day prophecy of Daniel 8:14, and AD 1844 as the ending date of the prophecy. Building on these biblically based conclusions, this study explores fresh evidence from Scripture, chronology, and Karaite history in order to determine if there can be more precision with regard to the starting and ending dates of the 2,300 day-year prophecy. It concludes that the time period of the prophecy certainly begins in the autumn (not spring) of 457 BC—probably on the Day of Atonement, October 30—and ends on the Day of Atonement in AD 1844, which, according to the biblical reckoning, almost certainly fell on October 22 that year, not September 23.

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Ellen White Issues Symposium


Andrews University. Center for Adventist Research


Berrien Springs, MI


vol. 13

First Department

Old Testament

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