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Years between Old and New Testaments

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by Jim1999, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jim1999

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    What do you make of the 400 years or whatever between the two testaments?
    Why the void for valid "word of God"?

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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  3. Johnv

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    I figure it took 400 years for the Jews to learn how to write in Koine Greek. :wavey:
     
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    That is surely part of it. Hebrew is a "picture" language, but worse than English for grammar and detail. Greek and Latin ARE the detail languages needed for the teaching of doctrine and depth.

    Also, in the 'fulness of time' came the NT era - the Pax Romana and the setting for the spread of the Gospel and NT message.

    So OT Revelation came with the Law, the Prophets and the Writings. But by 400 the nation had been eclipsed, no more Prophets on the scene, and much of the Law turned into rote ritual.

    It might have been 25 years or 250 years or 2500 years before the "change" came that demanded the NT. Happened to be about 400 years, that's all.
     
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    My sixth graders and I had a discussion on this not too long ago. In fact it was just before the Christmas break when we began the unit on The Nativity.

    We talked about the people of Israel being in a constant yo-yo state of obedience and disobedience and then came God's relative silence for 400 years.

    What we made note of was that during Zachariah's priesthood and his going to the Temple and burning incense waiting on a word from God that there was a crowd of people waiting outside to hear if God had spoken.

    And they weren't afraid to linger long after the time of prayers were over. These people would not have watched their clocks in church. They were waiting to hear from God and they recognized that Zachariah has been with God even though he could not speak.

    We dwelt a lot on that. Not so much on God's silence, but that there was a remnant of people believing that He would speak and being exactly where they were supposed to be waiting to hear.

    God chooses do so and say what He pleases - when He pleases - and for how long He pleases.

    I can't answer your question. I am not that learned.

    But I can say that I admire and wish to emulate the small band of people who not having heard from God (as a nation) for 400 years, continued to believe that He was still God and who still put themselves in submission to Him and putting themselves where they would be able to hear from God when He did speak.
     
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    It is interesting to me that Malachi ends with: Remember the law..." and "Behold I will send you the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD...." A foretelling of John the Baptist..repent..repent.........And Mark, the first gospel, begins with, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God..."..."a voice crying in the wilderness...." repent, repent.

    Cheers, and thanks for the thoughts,

    Jim
     
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    You know, there was a gap of over 400 years between the death of Jacob and the birth of Moses, not to mention the scanty details between the birth of Seth and the call of Noah, so I wouldn't sweat it.
     
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