Old Testament

Week 29: Judah between the Old and New Testaments

31 May 2018

Downloads

PPSX PowerPoint file icon

Lesson 29 slideshow (on‑screen version)

PDF document icon

Lesson 29 slideshow (printable version)

Additional reading

  • Stephen E. Robinson, “Background for the Testaments,” Ensign (December 1982): 25–30. BYU professor Stephen Robinson describes some of the religious documents that were written between the Old and New Testament periods.
  • The history of the 167–164 ʙ.ᴄ. Jewish war of independence is told in the apocryphal books of 1 and 2 Maccabees. These books cover the same time period from slightly different perspectives. Their gripping accounts of Jewish rebellion against the Seleucids, and their eventual victory and cleansing of the Temple, are well worth reading. You can read these books online: 1 Maccabees (NRSV), 2 Maccabees (NRSV).
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of scriptural and religious texts written by a separatist Jewish group between 150 ʙ.ᴄ. and ᴀ.ᴅ. 70, have been digitized and can be viewed online, along with translations of the texts. Two prominent documents are The Temple Scrolla and The Great Isaiah Scroll.

Maps

Old Testament Map #84 The Persian Empire

#84 The Persian Empire

Old Testament Map #87 Alexander the Great’s Empire

#87 Alexander the Great’s Empire

Old Testament Map #88 The Division of Alexander’s Empire about 275 B.C.

#88 The Division of Alexander’s Empire about 275 ʙ.ᴄ.

Old Testament Map #89 Palestine under the Ptolemies

#89 Palestine under the Ptolemies

Old Testament Map #90 The Seleucid Empire and Antiochus III

#90 The Seleucid Empire and Antiochus III

Old Testament Map #92 Selected Events in the Maccabean Revolt (168–142 B.C.)

#92 Selected Events in the Maccabean Revolt (168–142 ʙ.ᴄ.)

Old Testament Map #93 Jewish Expansion under the Hasmonean Dynasty

#93 Jewish Expansion under the Hasmonean Dynasty

New Testament Map #104 Qumran Caves and the Dead Sea Scrolls

#104 Qumran Caves and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Old Testament Map #94 Pompey’s Campaign against Jerusalem and the Resulting Roman Settlement 63 B.C.

#94 Pompey’s Campaign against Jerusalem and the Resulting Roman Settlement 63 ʙ.ᴄ.