The Maccabees, Rome, and Herod
By James Shedd – Community Bible Fellowship
The time between the Testaments was one of ferment and change; a realignment of traditional power blocs and the passing of Near Eastern cultural traditions that had lasted for almost 3,000 years. The approximately 400 years between Malachi and the birth of Christ is known as the inter-testamental period (c430-4 BC). Sometimes called the “silent” years, they were anything but silent, as events, literature and social forces during this time would shape the world of the New Testament.
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