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Bridging the Testaments: The History and Theology of God’s People in the Second Temple Period

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, 2023
ISBN: 9780310520955

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An accessible introduction to the historical and theological developments between the Old and New Testament.

Bridging the end of the Old Testament period and the beginning of the New Testament period, this book surveys the history and theological developments of four significant eras in Israel’s post-exilic history: the Late Persian Era (465-331 BC), the Hellenistic Era (332-167 BC), the Hasmonean Era (167-63 BC), and the Roman Era (63-4 BC). In doing so, it does away with the notion that there were four hundred years of prophetic silence before Jesus.

Bridging the Testaments outlines the political and social developments of these four periods, with particular focus on their impact upon Judeans and Samarians. Using a wide range of biblical and extra-biblical sources, George Athas reconstructs what can be known about the history of Judah and Samaria in these eras, providing the framework for understanding the history of God’s covenant people, and the theological developments that occurred at the end of the Old Testament period, leading into the New Testament. In doing so, Athas shows that the notion of a supposed period of four hundred years of prophetic silence is not supported by the biblical or historical evidence. Finally, an epilogue sketches the historical and theological situation prevailing at the death of Herod in 4 BC, providing important context for the New Testament writings.

In this way, the book bridges the Old and New Testaments by providing a historical and theological understanding of the five centuries leading up to the birth of Jesus, tracking a biblical theology through them, and abolishing the notion of a four-century prophetic silence.

  • Surveys the history and theological developments of four significant eras in Israel’s post-exilic history
  • Outlines the political and social developments of post-exilic history
  • Bridges the Old and New Testaments by providing a historical and theological understanding of the five centuries leading up to the birth of Jesus
  • Part 1: The Persian Era (539–331 BC)
  • Part 2: The Hellenistic Era (331–167 BC)
  • Part 3: The Hasmonean Era (167–63 BC)
  • Part 4: The Roman Era (63–4 BC)
For too long students of Scripture have jumped historically from the fall of Jerusalem to the birth of Jesus, skipping some of the key moments in the redemptive story and the key theological role that these wrongly named “intertestamental” years and texts play in biblical theology. George Athas invites us into this era and its literature, showing how the communities of the Second Temple as well as enduring exile continue the history of redemption that emerges with the same community gathered around the temple in the Gospels and Acts. Historically accurate, carefully presented, Bridging the Testaments is an extremely helpful invitation to what is for many unfortunately the “dark ages” of Jewish and biblical history.

—Mark J. Boda, professor of Old Testament, McMaster Divinity College

This is a winsomely written yet carefully nuanced account of the historical landscape of Judea in the Second Temple period. It is unburdened by excessive footnotes, yet clearly informed by extensive research. Athas helps us hear how passages both from the Jewish Scriptures and extrabiblical texts spoke to people in their lived contexts during this period— and makes some provocative suggestions for how several Old Testament texts are actually part of the bridge between the testaments. I highly recommend this book to those looking for a solid immersion into the story of the deceptively blank page that separates Malachi from Matthew

—David A. DeSilva, trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary

Even Old and New Testament experts often ignore or don’t pay sufficient attention to the period between the Testaments. George Athas provides a detailed yet accessible account of this fascinating period that helps us understand the biblical material more fully. His presentation of the Persian, Greek, and Roman periods with a focus on Judah is riveting and insightful. I recommend this book to all who are interested in biblical history and theology.

—Tremper Longman III, distinguished scholar and professor emeritus of biblical studies, Westmont College

  • Title: Bridging the Testaments: The History and Theology of God’s People in the Second Temple Period
  • Author: George Athas
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2023
  • Logos Release Date: 2023
  • Pages: 639
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Judaism › History--Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D
  • ISBNs: 9780310520955, 0310520940, 0310520959, 9780310520948
  • Resource ID: LLS:BRDGNGTSTMNTPRD
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-02-26T22:50:48Z

George Athas received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. He is currently Lecturer of Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek at Moore College, Australia.

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    $39.99

    Print list price: $49.99
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