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The war in column 1

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This chapter describes the historical setting and initial chronology for the apocalyptic war as presented in Dan 11:4045 and interpreted by 1QM 1:17. In lines 13, the author of M introduces the war from the perspective of the Sons of Light, from beginning to end. In lines 47, he looks at it again, but this time from a broader political and historical perspective, explaining why it is that the king of the Kittim will be on his way from Egypt to the north. But this paints only a partial picture of the war, as both Dan 12:13 and 1QM 1:815 reveal. Two additional aspects are introduced in Dan 12 and developed in M. The first is the involvement of the archangel Michael, and the second is a time of unprecedented tribulation. The author begins with the latter of the two.

Keywords: 1QM 1; apocalyptic war; the book of Daniel; the king of the Kittim; the Sons of Light

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