Bags of Bran

Over a Dozen Clickbaits from the Intertestamental Period!
January 1, 2016, 10:30 pm
Filed under: Biography

Lately I’ve been teaching about the intertestamental period in Israel’s history. A few things I’ve learned:

  1. 10:00 Sunday morning arrives at about the same time every week.
  2. My updated Power Point presentation may or may not arrive by 10:00 Sunday morning due to sketchy internets.
  3. If you have to choose between Ptolemies and Seleucids, choose Ptolemies.
  4. “Library of Alexandria” is only one answer to the “why?” question you may have asked after #3.
  5. Hellenization was a Providential blessing. Two thirds of the world spoke Greek. The LXX (Greek translation of the Old Testament) was produced around this time. The Word of God could reach the four corners of the world! This may shed a little bit of light, for example, on how the Magi knew to look for a Messiah in or around Jerusalem.
  6. When empires fracture internally, stronger groups sweep in. Civil wars, palace intrigue, and unpaid debts often spell the end of empires.
  7. Human history hain’t changed a mite in these 2500 years.
  8. The Qumran community were probably refugees from the awfulness of Judaism under the Hasmoneans.
  9. Josephus.
  10. Philo.
  11. 2 Maccabees is more interesting that 1 Maccabees.
  12. 2 Maccabees and 1 Maccabees are not the same sort of thing.
  13. The Maccabean period is not discussed by Daniel, whose prophecy is concerned with Gentile world empires. Judea was still very much part of the Hellenistic world even during the reign of John Hyrcanus.
  14. Etc.

While I haven’t scratched the surface here, I barely did so over three months of Sundays.


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What resources have you found most helpful in your study?


Comment by chuckbumgardner


I’m going to answer this one in a new post because lots of people probably wonder how to go about studying this subject. Also, I’d be grateful for suggestions that would have made my life easier.


Comment by christopheram

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