The Time Between the Testaments
We have closed the last Book and the last chapter/verse of the Old Testament. So now is: The Time Between the Testaments
The time between the Old Testament and the New Testament is approximately 400 years. This was a time of many changes in cultural traditions, living conditions for the Jewish nation, and for all countries with the changing of the controlling powers. Each ruling country had their own treatment for the Jews.
The Jewish nation was hampered in their customs and worship by lack of a temple and with other Jewish groups being scattered into various countries. This allowed local customs and beliefs to influence their lives. During their oppression and stress, each separate group continued to worship as best they could. Also keeping records of events, literature and social life.
This period of time is known as the intertestamental period. The turmoil of these years were conducive in the shaping of the New Testament world.
And now we arrive at the beginning of the New Testament.
The New Testament is the 2nd major division of the Bible (the 1st major division is the Old Testament). It was written over a period of 100 years, the original was written in the Greek language. It lays out Christ’s coming, His life and ministry, and growth of His church.
God’s laws during Moses’ times were written on tablets of stone (in O.T.). In the New Testament (New Covenant), God’s laws are to be written on the hearts of His people.
The division of the New Testament Books are:
-The Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
-Early Church: Acts
-Epistles (Letters) of Paul: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
-General Epistles (Letters): Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation
These scriptures will be more familiar. These are the scriptures we use the most. I do want to remind you that the Old Testament helps in the understanding of much that is referenced to in the N.T. That understanding in turn helps us in following our Lord and serving Him.
In Christ’s love, Jackie