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Between the Testaments [Paperback]

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Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 1959
Publisher   Guardian of Truth Foundation
ISBN  1584271043  
EAN  9781584271048  

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This informative volume highlights the "four hundred silent years," the intertestamental period, about which the Bible gives no information. Here is a popularly written account of this period, an overview that explains the forces that shaped the world in the centuries immediately preceding the birth of Christ. Both the Persian and Hellenistic eras are covered in broad but informative strokes, and special attention is given to the status and problems of Jews during these periods. After reading this work, Bible students will have gained a deepened understanding of the world towhich Christ came "in the fullness of time."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CHARLES F. PFEIFFER (Moody Bible Institute; B.A., Temple University; B.D., Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary; Th.M., Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Dropsie College) was professor of ancient literatures at Central Michigan University. He also studied at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute and New York University. He served on the faculties of Gordon Divinity School, King's College, Lancaster School of the Bible, and Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Pfeiffer, as author, co-author, or editor, participated in the production of many works including Hebrews for the Everyman s Bible Commentary Series, The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, and The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia.
EVERETT F. HARRISON (B.A., University of Washington; M.A., Princeton University; Th.B., Princeton Seminary; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania), has served as a missionary in China and as a Presbyterian minister in Pennsylvania, though most of his work was in the classroom. He taught both at Dallas Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books and commentaries including Colossians (Everyman s Bible Commentary), Interpreting Acts: The Expanding Church, and Romans (Expositor s Bible Commentary)."

Charles F. Pfeiffer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Everyman's Bible Commentary

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An overlooked gem  Dec 12, 2008
400 silent years. Silent, not because nothing was happening, but because this is the period between the Old Testament and New Testament canonical books. And silent, also, because most of us know little or nothing about what was going on during that time. This book remedies that lack of knowledge.

Be warned: this is not a flashy book. He's giving history, not telling a story. Although the period doesn't lack for good stories: the Maccabees, Alexander, and Cleopatra among many others. Pfeiffer gives us the structure and chronology to make sense of what happened during this time period, as well as understanding the future events, especially many of the groups and individuals mentioned in the New Testament books, as well as understanding some of the background of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

The book is especially good for providing background on the various Jewish sects mentioned in the New Testament: the Pharisees, the Zealots, the Sadducees and the Essenes. I disagree with Pfeiffer's assessment of a relationship between the Qumran manuscripts and the Essenes, but that doesn't detract from the value of his overview of the complex of "denominations" found in first century Palestinian Judaism.

This book is also good for giving an overview of the nature of Hellenism during this time, and the effects Hellenism had on the world into which the New Testament was born.
Clarifying the Impact of Persian and Hellenistic Periods on the Jewish Nation  Nov 4, 2007
'Is it not written in the Book of Jasher? The sun stopped in midheaven, and did not hurry to set for about a whole day." (Joshua 10:13)

The Silent Years:
The Christian looks upon the Old Testament as preparatory, looking toward the fulfillment of its hopes and promises in the Person of Jesus Christ. He is interested in the history of the centuries preceding the coming of Christ, the advent, and a progress toward that period of history termed "the fullness of time" (Gal. 4:4)."
The time between the close of Old Testament history and the beginning of the New Testament period has often been called "the four hundred silent years." To the historian, however, these centuries were anything but silent, and they seem to become more vocal with each passing decade. Proceeding from the Old Testament into the New Testament you notice changes in their political and religious milieu. Apparently no Hebrew prophets were speaking or writing, and God was revealing no new word to the Palestinian Jews. It was a time of wondering and waiting for the Diaspora, and mother land being acted upon by other nations. Now appear Jewish groups within Palestinian Judaism; the Pharisees and the Sadducees are two-which did not show up in the Old Testament, but appear in the New.
The Jew notes during these centuries the development of synagogue worship, the successful Maccabean revolt, and the emergence of those parties within Judaism which have set the pattern for Jewish life and thought during the past two millennia.

Palestine under the Nations:
To the student of ancient history, names like Cyrus, Darius, and Alexander the Great make this period one of paramount importance. There is a new political power on the scene. The Old Testament ends with the Israelites under the control of the Babylonians. As the New Testament opens, Rome rules Israel. What has happened? Palestine, because of its location on a major travel and trade route, was often invaded and ruled by other nations. Those times of invasion-and the ensuing occupation-had profound effects on the nation and its religious life.The Assyrian Influence. Although the Assyrian influence came before the Inter-Testament period, there was an effect that lasted into the New Testament period. After conquering parts of Israel in 722 B.C., the Assyrians carried off some of the Jewish inhabitants and replaced them with other people. The resulting intermarriages resulted in the Samaritans, a half-breed people racially and religiously.

- The Greek Influence, through the conquests of Alexander the Great, had two major effects. Greek culture and the Greek language became prominent. The New Testament books were written in Koine, Old Greek and some of them utilize Greek concepts to convey the message of the Good News. On the other hand, the overwhelming Hellenizing influence led to a split among the Jewish people between the those who adopted Greek culture and the Nationalists who defended a pure Jewish culture and traditions.
- The Egyptian Influence. One major result of Egyptian rule was the translation of the Old Testament scriptures into the Greek language. This translation, known as the Septuagint, made Jewish ideas readily available to non-Jews and, at the same time, laid a foundation for the spread of the Christian faith.
- The Roman Influence, colonizing of Palestine by the Roman Empire as the Caesars expanded their power and territory. In order to rule their vast empire, the Roman government constructed and maintained a system of highways. They also saw that travelers on the highways were protected.

Intertestamental literature:
While some of the political changes were harmful to the Jews, they proved later to promote the emerging of Messianic faith in the nations, expected by the Essenes and the Therapeutae, a holy Jewish coenobetic monastic community. We get the literature of this period to find out how the people were thinking, to what their minds were being given. A large part of that literature appears in the Septuagint Old Testament, and is incorporated in the Roman Catholic Bible. In our Bible the Roman Catholics make their insertions of the Jewish literature as follows: Just after Nehemiah they put in two books, Tobit and Judith, neither one of them historically good, and a good deal of Tobit is exceedingly silly. To the book of Esther they add ten verses to the tenth chapter, and then add six more chapters. That these additions were written in this period, and after the inspiration closed, is evident from the reading of them. Just after the Song of Solomon, they put two Apocryphal books, Wisdom and Ecciesiasticus. These books, while not inspired, make very good reading, but they are written, as I said, in that interval between the two Testaments, and rather late in that interval. Just after the Lamentations of Jeremiah, they put the book of Baruch. Baruch himself was the scribe of Jeremiah and a good man. This book, some of it, is exceedingly silly, and evidently not written by Baruch.

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha are a variety collection of ancient works inspired by the spirit of TaNaKh, some parts of which are so vividly close, that in Jebna they could have been included in the Jewish canon. The imaginary milieu and adventures of biblical characters; Enoch, Moses, Ezra, and Ezekiel, fill the pages of this heterogenous corpus with marvelous faibles. Oracles of such sages as Ahiqar and Sibyl, their apocalyptic prophecies and sacred legends provides a fantastic description of celestial realms.
Pseudo: false, epigrapha: inscription(Gr.), Psedoepigrapha: false ascribed writings, a collection of intertestimental writings of Jewish and early Jewish-Christian origins, not found either in Hebrew Bible or the Septuagint (Alexandrian translation in Koine).
The Pseudepigraphic writings were preserved in Eastern (Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian church traditions, and were often transmitted in those church original and ecclesiastic languages, and translated into Armenian, Georgian, Slavonic even if originally composed in Hebrew or Aramaic. Early Christian, Essenes and Gnostics may have added to writings or interpolated into some of these then existing books, as some fragments of pseudo writings have also been discovered among Cairo Geniza, Chenoboskion Gnostic library, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Book Review
"Pfeiffer's book on this subject is a gem. It is not so weighed down with scholarly material to be dry to the average reader. Meanwhile, it's not so light on material to be useless to anyone. This volume on the inter-testamental period covers those four hundred years in about 125 pages-- enough to give you fairly significant detail about what happened (and suggestions for where to look if you care to study the matter further), but not so much that it will put the average reader to sleep." Editors,

Charles Pfeiffer's Authority:
I encountered Pfeiffer's scholarship in his two books, Ras Shamra and the Bible, and Tell El-Amarna and the Bible, and his book 'The Biblical World' is a masterpiece. He is concerned more with archaeology as, then, the new tool for checking history. That is why his book, Between the Testaments, was aimed at clarifying the impact of Persian and Hellenistic periods on the Jewish nation, before the Romans took over. The book's final chapters, 'The Origin of the Jewish sects,' and 'Rrise of Apocalyptic Literature' are compelling. This historical book is a good preparation for its Synonym, by D. S. Russell which elaborates on these two chapters literally and theologically. In an authoritative essay on Jewish Sects (IX): Zealots and Herodians, Fred Shewmaker referred to Charles Pfeiffer eleven out of seventeen times.
Great book!  Aug 27, 2005
This book is an accurate and sound book. If you are looking for factual information about the intertestament period, get this book.
Essential Guide  Jun 30, 1999
Charles Pfeiffer's book is essential for understanding how and why Jewish culture changed during the silent 440 years.
400 years of Bible Silence  Nov 10, 1997
This is THE book to read on what heppened in the 400 silent years between the Old and New Testaments. This exciting time in Jewish history set the stage for the coming of Jesus. Why did the whole world speak Greek? What was the Jewish Rebellion? How did the Edomite line of Herod come to rule over the Jews? All of this background and more is in this book. It is written at a college history level, it is not light reading but it is well worth the effort.

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