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- n. Plural form of heptad.
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Seventy weeks [literally heptads] have been decreed upon thy people and thy holy city, to close transgression and to make an end of sins, and to expiate iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal vision and prophet and to anoint a most holy [literally: holiness of holinesses].
Seventy weeks -- namely, of years; literally, "Seventy sevens"; seventy heptads or hebdomads; four hundred ninety years; expressed in a form of "concealed definiteness" [Hengstenberg], a usual way with the prophets.
They claim that Daniel 9: 24-27 doesn't support a day-year principle - the "seventy sevens" are simply "septets" or "heptads" and not seventy
"Seventy weeks (i.e., 'seventy heptads' or 'seven-year periods') are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, … from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.