The Gentile Times Reconsidered, by Swedish author Carl Olof Jonsson, is a scholarly treatise based on careful and extensive research, including an unusually detailed study of Assyrian and Babylonian records relative to the date of Jerusalem's destruction by Babylonian conqueror, Nebuchadnezzar.
The publication traces the history of a long string of interpretation theories connected with time prophecies extracted from the Bible books of Daniel and Revelation, beginning with those from Judaism in the early centuries, through Medieval Catholicism, the Reformers, and into nineteenth century British and American Protestantism. It reveals the actual origin of the interpretation which eventually produced the date of 1914 as a predicted year for the end of "the Gentile Times," a date adopted and proclaimed worldwide to this day by the religious movement known as Jehovah's Witnesses. The importance of this date for the exclusive claims of the movement is repeatedly stressed in its publications.
The Watchtower of October 15, 1990, for example, states on page 19:
"For 38 years prior to 1914, the Bible Students, as Jehovah's Witnesses were then called, pointed to that date as the year when the Gentile Times would end. What outstanding proof that is that they were true servants of Jehovah "
The book contains a helpful discussion of the application of the Biblical prophecy regarding the "seventy years" of Babylonian domination of Judah. Readers will find the information refreshingly different from any other publication on this topic.