The Benefactions of Antochus IV Epiphanes and Daniel 11:37-38: An Exegetical Note

Mark Mercer | August 25, 2009

Daniel 11:37-38 cannot refer to Antiochus IV Epiphanes as four of the five views regarding Daniel 11:36-45 hold. The two verses indicate that the individual in view will not show favor to any gods and will honor a god of fortresses who was not worshipped by his ancestors. Antiochus does not fit either of these descriptions, particularly in his religious gifts to Greek cities that were of a religious nature. The balance of evidence favors the fifth view that holds Dan 11:36-45 is a prophecy to be fulfilled by a future king.

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