Between the Testaments Picture

Old Testament History

by

Charles F. Pfeiffer

Parts Seven and Eight

Between the Testaments

Introduction

Outside of academic circles, few Christians know about the events that took place between Malachi and Matthew. Dr. Pfeiffer writes,

The time between the close of Old Testament history and the beginning of the New Testament period has often been called "the four hundred silent years." To the historian, however, these centuries were anything but silent, and they seem to become more vocal with each passing decade.

The developments during this period are extremely important for the Jewish people and the Second Temple, as well as for understanding the origin of many aspects of life during the New Testament era. Here are some of the important events during the Intertestamental Period:

To cite Dr. Pfeiffer again:

The Christian looks upon the Old Testament as preparatory, looking toward the fulfillment of its hopes and promises in the Person of Jesus Christ. He is interested in the history of the centuries preceding the coming of Christ, for he sees in them a preparation for the advent, and a progress toward that period of history termed "the fulness of time" (Gal. 4:4).

The bibliographic information for this book: Old Testament History by Charles F. Pfeiffer (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1973). For many years the late Dr. Pfeiffer served as Professor of Ancient Literatures at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He was a prolific writer and was well known as the author of Baker Bible Atlas and the editor of "The Biblical World."

Old Testament History

Parts Seven and Eight

Between the Testaments



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