Between Malachi and Jesus: Writings from Maccabean and Roman Times



What happened between Malachi and Matthew while God was preparing for the coming of His Son to earth? These 300 years brought persecution like never before. However, there were many believers who became a light in the spiritual darkness.

Discover what the last 300 years before Christ held for believers and how they stood firm in their faith and endured horrible persecutions.

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The last 300 years before Christ are little known to Bible readers nowadays. Yet during that time, between the writing of Malachi and Jesus’ appearance, God was doing wonderful works in preparation for the coming of His Son.

It was an age of terrible persecutions—some of the worst ever endured by God’s people. The government imposed laws that were contrary to God’s commands. Many professed believers were only too willing to live like the rest of the world. Yet this was also a time of shining lights in the darkness. Some people stood firm in spite of the persecutions, and laid down their lives gladly without any visible reward. They did not live to see it, but their deeds were helping to pave the way for the Messiah. Step by step, the Lord’s great plan was unfolding.

In this book you will read that story—told not at second hand, but by some of the very people who remained faithful in the crisis. The volume contains fresh modern English renderings of these enthralling documents, with a full commentary from the Scriptures. Maps, charts, and timelines guide the reader through each phase of the struggle. In addition, 1 Maccabees is newly edited in Greek (with parallel English translation), and the Psalms of Solomon in parallel Greek and Syriac (with English translations of both). A final chapter shows how the prophecies of Daniel and other Old Testament prophets were being fulfilled during this time.

2 reviews for Between Malachi and Jesus: Writings from Maccabean and Roman Times

  1. Dan DeGarmo

    “Evan and Marie Blackmore’s Between Malachi and Jesus is an extraordinarily useful and insightful book. Students and veteran scholars alike will benefit greatly from this carefully researched and well written study. Readers are treated to a masterful survey of the history between the Testaments as well as detailed commentary on the major writings that contribute to our knowledge of this important period of time. No significant issue is left unaddressed. This masterpiece belongs on the shelf of all who have interest in the time leading up to the emergence of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. I recommend this book enthusiastically!”

    Craig A. Evans
    Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament
    Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia

  2. Dan DeGarmo

    “In Between Malachi and Jesus: Writings from Maccabean and Roman Times Evan and Marie Blackmore have provided an unabashedly Christian introduction to several of the most important documents relating to the history of Jews in Palestine between the end of the Old Testament and the ministry of Jesus. While it is tempting simply to write a history of this period, the Blackmores have accomplished something far more useful—they not only summarize the history and literature of this period, but they also provide a full-scale presentation of two significant writings: the Maccabean History (1 Maccabees) and the Eighteen Psalms (The Psalms of Solomon). For both of these they provide text, translation and text-critical notes as well as commentary. Together these two works enable the Blackmores to help readers understand the history, the culture, and—most importantly—the theological currents of these times, including the messianic expectations of Jews during this era. Several other important works are summarized, including the most important historical source for this period—the works of Josephus. A final section explores the fulfilment of prophecies from the Old Testament from Daniel, Joel, and Zechariah…. To truly appreciate the history of any period and place, one must go back to the primary documents that survive from those who lived then and there. This volume provides students of the era between Malachi and Jesus with the ability to see it through the writings of those who breathed the air of Palestine and lived through its momentous events that culminated in the ministry of Jesus.”

    Andrew E. Steinmann
    Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew
    Concordia University Chicago

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