The turn of a single page of the Bible erases 400 years.

Between Malachi and Matthew, God continues to act even when he doesn’t speak. What was God doing when He was not speaking?

He was preparing for what Paul called in Galatians 4:4 “the fullness of time.”

What happened in the world and culture that made the time full?

This series was taught on Wednesday nights at the Waterview Church of Christ in Richardson, TX in the fall of 2019.

(Unfortunately, the first three lessons were not recorded.)

Lesson 4–The Tyrant

Of all the villains in history, Antiochus Epiphanes IV ranks toward the top.

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Lesson 5–The Roman Boot

In the wake of the tyranny of Antiochus Epiphanes IV, the Jews experienced both deliverance and chaos. It took the Romans and their iron fist to settle things. They brought with them some good as well.

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Lesson 6–Together and Separate

One of the key features to figure into the spread of the gospel was the synagogue. Where did it come from and how did it function? But then, as they came together, various Jewish groups were at odds with each other. Jesus gives a good reason for the gospel in this mess.

(Please note: Due to camera problems, my head was cut off–which might have been a plus–but I could only post audio.)

PDF–Lesson 6 Slides

10-16-2019 Class–Together and Separate

Lesson 7–Those Books

We wrap up the class on the silence between the testaments with the writing produced, which are called the Apocrypha. What are these books and what do we do with them?

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