Definitions of Idan, Zman and Mo’ed

Question

I’m studying the concept of time in the Book of Daniel. Can you tell me the difference between these three words: עִדָּן זְמַן מוֹעֵד?

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Answers

  1. The commentaries explain that Zman is a generic term for time. Interestingly enough, both the word Mo’ed and the word Idan refer to a specific time. Therefore, in chapter seven verse twelve, the phrase “ad zman v’idan” appears (referring to the war of Gog v’Magog). The phrase is teaching that the war will take place (zman) at a specific time (idan).

    The commentaries are of the opinion that the word Idan is actually etymologically connected to Mo’ed.

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