Isaac Newton’s Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John a Critical Edition

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Setting Newton firmly in the political and religious culture of his time, Dr. Barnett’s substantial Introduction to this new edition of the Observations takes the reader systematically through the main components of the work, demonstrating how Newton’s exegetical and prophetico-historical framework was constructed to support his ardent anti-Anglican Church views. This volume provides the original text and format of the 1733 edition of Newton’s Observations, translations of the lengthy Latin sections (and of the few, but important, Greek and Hebrew phrases) provided in the footnotes, and glossary and guide to his various calendar conventions.


“This critical edition. . . is a welcome contribution in the area of Newtonian studies and biblical reception history. Translations of Newton’s fairly extensive foreign language quotations (principally Latin) are provided and the introduction provides a helpful guide to Newton and his views on the Bible. . .a useful volume.” – Theological Book Review

“It is good to have this useful and accessible modern critical edition of the Observations available. It will obviously be of value primarily to those who are interested in the life and though of Sir Isaac Newton and in the religious thought of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Those interested in the history of biblical exegesis will also find interesting material in Newton’s attempt at a ‘scientific’ methodology in interpreting prophecy. Also, of course, by providing some insight into the religious interests and thoughts of a major figure in the development of modern science the study of it will contribute something to the understanding of the relationship between science and religious faith.” – Science and Christian Belief

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