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INTERTESTAMENTAL PERIOD

NEW TESTAMENT ORIENTATION I

NBST 525

AN ANALYSIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT
IN CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE OF
MASTERS OF ARTS IN RELIGION

LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY:

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………1
THE INTERTESTAMENTAL PERIOD…………………………………….1
HEROD THE GREAT’S PALESTINIAN RULE…………………………...7
CONCLUSION………………………………………….…………………..9

INTRODUCTION
The Intertestamental period is the time between the last book in the Old Testament and the first book in the New Testament. This period is said to be around two centuries or about 400 years long. This particular timeframe dubbed the “Intertestamental period” is filled with numerous changes in power, war, struggles, treachery and events that changed religious record. This period is vastly rich in history and dramatically impacted the New Testament leading up to and during the time of Christ. This paper will explore the roughly 400 years that make up this era and examine the role that Herod the Great played in shaping the religious and political groups Jesus encountered.
THE INTERTESTAMENTAL PERIOD
The last sections of the Old Testament illustrate Darius the Persian as the ruler over Persia. At the time Judea was part of the Persian Empire. In 597 B.C. Judea was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar who was the King of Babylon this ended Jewish independence. Nebuchadnezzar had decided to take certain knowledgeable Jews into captivity. It was there in Babylon the Prophet Ezekiel began working on this particular group to teach them and instruct them on how to provide the necessary leadership it would take to replace those who had fallen in Jerusalem. Since there was no temple for the Jews many of them came together to learn and practice the Law. Teachers of the Law became the new spiritual leadership for the…...

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