10 Nov Many will run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased…
One of my favorite portions of Scripture to study the past couple of years has been The Book of Daniel. To this end, I’ve acquired a substantial library of commentaries on Daniel. For my fellow bibliophiles, I snapped a pic and inserted it at bottom of this post. So recently, I acquired a copy of a commentary by Uriah Smith. Smith died in 1903, but this particular edition of his commentary was published in the 1950’s. It is filled with various pictures classically definitive of the period, some of which I thought would be fun to share here.
The pictures below were featured in Smith’s commentary to highlight (according to the editors) the modern day fulfillment of Daniel 12:4. To preface, Daniel 12:4 is a verse that is very commonly misunderstood and misinterpreted. From the KJV, it reads as follows:
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
Many have read this verse to infer that the angel was speaking of an increase in global travel as well as the exchange of information. Virtually no interpreters affirm this view however. Instead, what most expositors see here is a reference to the fact that the scroll will be sealed, though many maskilim (wise teachers) would go over the scroll prayerfully and studiously, over and over (to and fro) throughout the centuries, seeking to understand it. As such, knowledge regarding the scroll would gradually increase until the last days, when it would essentially be unsealed to the rabbim (masses).
With this as the backdrop, you can see below why I found these two pages to be quite amusing and worthy of being shared: