So, in my bible study i can see we are approaching chapter 4 of "what does the bible really teach" about daniels profecy. The book says: "Another example is about the profecy of daniel 9:25, a profecy which many centuries in advance predicted exactly when messias would appear - in the year 29". There is a small appendix which ties this up to wether Artaxerxes 20th year was in 455bc (455bc + 7x69weeks, ie. 483years = 29ac). When i read that i thought that was pretty funny in a slightly creapy way, so i desided to look it up on wikipedia an lo and behold, the historians who all agree Artaxerxes 20th year was in 455 does not really agree at all, and it have to be supported by the same method of quote-mining and data-picking that gave 607. hmm. So we have:
"The bible is true because its prophetic, since it correctly predicts the birth of Jesus in 29!"
"We know 455bc is correct because while this may not be what the historians say, we trust the bible since we know its true and it gives the year".
[actually i didnt know about this problem untill today!]
So now im thinking what i should use this little gem for. Clearly its a lot of work to get into another aspect of chronology, and since i only got a very brief overview of the historical aspects on this year im not sure its worth it to really research it - 607 is the real target. On the other hand, well, its a chance to point out errors in Insights (which some seem to regard as the ultimate reference), and particularly poor scholarship and misinformation which is the angle i have desided to take on this study. I feel this question boils down to how easy it is to argue, ie. is there a lot of complicated, contradictory information that makes the topic hard to debate [like trinity], or is it relatively straight forward [like blood]. So thats my question:
Compared to 607, is the date 455 less or more insane?
ps. This is not a thread about 607. If someone wants to convince me of 607, please start a new thread and post a link to the thread here, and i will read what you write there.