Since the appearance of John Peters’s manuscript The Mystery of the Daily, it has gotten the attention of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI). Dr. Gerhard Pfandl, associate director of BRI, in July 2005 wrote a critique to Peters’s manuscript, concluding that Peters’s thesis that “the daily” represented the self-exalting character of paganism was “exegetically and contextually not viable.”
A month later, Peters wrote a response to Pfandl’s critique, concluding that Pfandl “selectively cited some evidence from the manuscript but he omitted an abundance of stronger evidence.” After receiving Peters’s response, Pfandl has been unable to provide a further rebuttal to Peters’s response.
In July 2009 I became involved in the exchange between Pfandl and Peters. I also provided a response to Pfandl’s critique. However rather than producing my own personal response separately, I simply added my input to Peters’s response. After examining Pfandl’s critique, Peters’s presentation of Daniel 8:9-14 still stands as the best exegesis to date.
I have provided each of the three responses below: