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Daniel Reinterprets Jeremiah’s ‘Seventy Years’: A Biblical Interpretive Trajectory up to the Present Day


April 25, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Zilverberg Ireland Lecture 2022

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The prophet Jeremiah foretold seventy years of domination by Babylon over Judah and other nations. Centuries later, Daniel reinterpreted the seventy years as “weeks of years,” that is, seven times 70 years. The early Church fathers, likewise, interpret Daniel’s 490 years in their own contexts and find new meanings in the ancient prophecy. How might we continue this interpretive trajectory as we read the Book of Daniel today?

Fr. Kevin Zilverberg, assistant professor of sacred scripture and director of The Saint Paul Seminary Institute for Catholic Theological Formation, will discuss in the latest Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library Lecture.

About Fr. Zilverberg

Zilverberg teaches biblical courses on the Old and New Testaments at The Saint Paul Seminary. He is the author of The Textual History of Old Latin Daniel from Tertullian to Lucifer (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 2021) and numerous scholarly articles, and has coedited several books. Since 2019, Zilverberg has served as the founding director of Saint Paul Seminary Press and the Institute for Catholic Theological Formation, and the general editor of the Catholic Theological Formation Series.

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