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Intertestamental period

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The intertestamental period is a span of time between the closing of the Old Testament by its last book Malachi (5th Century BC) and the opening of the New Testament book of Matthew (1st Century AD). What is around 400 years between the Testaments is sometimes referred to as, "the silent years."[1]

History

Alexander the Great

Main Article: Alexander the Great

Alexander III of Macedon (Born::July 20 356 BCDied::June 10 323 BC), better known as Alexander the Great (Greek: Μέγας Aλέξανδρος, Mégas Aléxandros), was an Ancient Greek King of Macedon. Alexander succeeded his father, Philip II of Macedon after a successful assassination attempt in 336 BC and ruled for 13 years dying at the young age of 32. He unified the warring and divided city states of Greece and conquered Persia, Egypt and a number of other kingdoms, all the way to the borders of India, creating one of the largest empires in ancient history. He was the son of King Philip II of Macedon and the infamous Epirote princess Olympias, in Pella, Macedon.[2]

Ancient Greece

Main Article: Ancient Greece

'This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah's sons, who themselves had sons after the flood. The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras." - Genesis 10:1-2

"The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, the Kittim and the Rodanim. (From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with its own language)." - Genesis 10:4-5

The name Javan is closest to the name Ionia, one of the many nations in the general category of "Greek." The first-named of Javan's sons is Elishah, another form of Hellas or Hellenus, whom the Greeks have always held to be one of their founding fathers. Tarshish traces to southern Spain, Kittim to Cyprus, and Rodanim to Rhodes.[3]

Herod

Main Article: Herod

Herod (Hebrew: הורדוס, Hordos; Greek: Ἡρῴδης, Hērōdēs) (74-r. 37-d. died::4 BC), also known as Herod the Great or Herod I, was the "King of the Jews" during the time of the Birth of Jesus Christ.[4] He is best remembered for ordering the Slaughter of the Innocents during his reign, and dying shortly thereafter of a gastrointestinal disease, the nature of which has never been determined.

References

  1. The Macarthur Study Bible (New American Standard Bible updated edition)
  2. Alexander the Great By Wikipedia
  3. Dolphin, Lambert. "The Table of Nations: Genesis Chapters 10-11." March 10, 2003. Accessed August 28, 2008.
  4. James Ussher, The Annals of the World, Larry Pierce, ed., Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003 (ISBN 0890513600), pghh. 5050-6082ff.