Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John

By: Isaac Newton

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Printed Book








Printed on Paper


10.4 × 8.5 × 0.7 in. (26.5 × 21.5 × 2.8 cm)

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Isaac Newton is universally known for his contributions to science—chiefly the law of gravity and the three laws of motion—but he was also a Christian who worked and wrote as much on religious topics as scientific issues. In Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John, Newton outlined his approach to biblical prophecy, analyzed several prophecies contained in Daniel and Revelation, and considered the connection between the prophetic symbolism of the Old and New Testaments. This is the first edition of Newton’s Prophecies, which appeared posthumously in 1733.

Printed in 1733 by John Darby and Thomas Browne, London, England. Acquired by 2020 by Ted Steinbock, private collector, Louisville, Kentucky;[1] Privately purchased in 2020 by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Documentation from Ted Steinbock indicates he may have purchased this object from either the Christie’s University of Chicago Rare Science Duplicates, Part II, sale in 1995 or a separate Christie’s auction in July 1995, but it has not been possible to definitively match this copy with either of those sales.

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