Judeo-Christian History: Study Guide
by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
To learn biblical history, review the following questions, which cover the
same material several different times from several different perspectives.
Empires that Ruled Israel:
- In chronological order, what were the six empires that controlled
the land of Canaan/Israel/Palestine in ancient times?
- Between which two empires was Israel politically independent at the
time of King David?
- Between which two empires was Israel politically independent at
the time of the Macabbees?
- Which empire destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel (and
its capital Samaria), and when?
- Which empire destroyed the Southern Kingdom of Judah (and
its capital Jerusalem), and when?
- Which empire began the "Hellenization" of the land of Israel?
- Which empire controlled Israel at the time of Jesus?
The City and Temple of Jerusalem:
- When and by whom was the city of Jerusalem conquered by the Israelites
and made the capital of Israel?
- When and by whom was the First Temple of Jerusalem built?
- When and by whom was the First Temple of Jerusalem destroyed?
- When and by whom was the Second Temple of Jerusalem rebuilt
after the Babylonian Exile?
- When and by whom was the Second Temple of Jerusalem desecrated
(Greek statues placed inside)?
- When and by whom was the Second Temple of Jerusalem renovated and
- When and by whom were the city and temple of Jerusalem utterly destroyed
a second time?
Other Key Events in Biblical History:
- Who first received God's promise that his descendants would be a great nation
and inherit the "Promised Land"?
- What is the "Exodus," and what event does the "Passover"
- Where and through whom did God give the Torah to the people of Israel?
- When and what was the "Babylonian Exile," and how did it end?
- What caused the "Macabbean Revolt," and who was involved?
- When and where was Jesus born? How long was his public ministry? When and
where did he die?
- When was the "First Jewish Revolt/War" against Rome, and what
was the outcome?
Key Dates in Biblical History: What major events and key people
are associated with the following dates?
Key People in Biblical History: When did these people live, and with
what major biblical event(s) are they connected?
Alexander the Great
||Antiochus IV Epiphanes
|| Herod the Great
||Elizabeth & Zechariah
||John the Baptist
||Peter & Andrew
||Mary & Joseph
||Jesus of Nazareth
||Annas & Caiaphas
||James & John
||Mark & Luke
||Paul of Tarsus
For information about all of the above, see my Overview
of Israelite, Jewish & Early Christian History
The Biblical Resources Page
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