The Silent Time--What Happened in History Between Malachi and Matthew?
On this page, you will find several resources, from college lectures to brief overviews, which will fill in the history and activities of nations in those 400 years when the prophets did not hear the voice of God speaking to His people, when God was preparing the world for the birth of the promised Savior, and when the people of Israel and Judah looked forward to the coming kingdom foretold through the prophets from Genesis to Malachi...
This study of the Historical Background to the New Testament begins with the close of the Old Testament era and traces the history of the ancient world and Israel in particular to the time of the New Testament.
400 Years of Silence, a 5 minute history overview from the time of the Bablylonians to the domination by Rome and the hope for the promised Messiah...
From "Stuff They Didn't Teach You In Sunday School" (7+ minute overview)~ When the Old Testament curtain closes we're in the Persian Empire. By the time we get back from intermission we're speaking Greek in the Roman Empire? Are we in the wrong theater?
Ancient History Timeline, from 500 BC to 1 by K. E. Karr
All over the world, this was a time of unification,
both by trading with each other and by building empires.
China and built strong trade networks both inside China and
abroad, trading with India, South-East Asia, and across Central
In Central Asia, someone invented camel saddles
about 200 BC, which made the trading easier.
Across the Pacific Ocean in Central America, the Maya
and the Zapotec were also building strong empires,
running from Mexico down to Venezuela.
Further north, the Hopewell culture
united people from Louisiana all the
way north to Ohio and Wisconsin,
trading in canoes up and down the
Mississippi and other rivers.
from West Africa began to spread out across Africa,
North of the Sahara, the Carthaginians built another
empire all along the coast of North Africa and Sicily.
In East Africa, Meroe (Cush) got ore and more
involved in trade with West Asia and India.
Still further north, in Europe, Athenian Empire united Greece,
only to be conquered in turn by Alexander the Great, who
West Asia. Under Greek rule, Eratosthenes discovered that
argued about whether the earth went around the sun.
and finally united the whole Mediterranean Sea with the conquest
of Cleopatra's Egypt.
Finally, in India the great general Chandragupta also formed
the Mauryan empire beginning in the 300s BC, and it got
even bigger under Chandragupta's grandson Ashoka.
All over the world, this was a time of growth
and connections among peoples.
The Silk Road is red; the Spice Route is blue.