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The 1290 Days in Daniel

What is the meaning of the “1290 days” in Daniel 12:11?

The Jewish commentators differ widely about Daniel 12:11. Some say “days” means “years” (the word “yamim” sometimes means “a year” in the Bible), others take it literally (as 1290 days, i.e. about 3-1/2 years), and others point out that 1290 is the number of public sacrifices that were offered each year. In any case, Daniel doesn’t say what will happen 1290 days or years after the daily sacrifices stop (which was shortly before the Temple was destroyed); he only tells us to wait and see, and hope for the best.

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