What Happened Between The Old and New Testaments?

A mountain of relevant history

Grant Piper
5 min readJun 13, 2024
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

The Holy Bible is very noticeably split into two distinct parts. The first part, the bulk of the Bible, is called the Old Testament and consists of mostly Jewish literature, poetry, and law. The second part, much shorter and more to the point, is the New Testament, which covers the life of Jesus Christ and the writings of the earliest church leaders. There is a gap between these two parts of the Bible that spans 400 years. Most people will seamlessly skip from the Old Testament to the New Testament without a second thought. But those 400 years between the Testaments are packed full of important historical events.

The world in which characters like Jesus, Paul, Peter, and Pontius Pilot lived is vastly different from the world that the latest Jewish prophets lived in (such as Daniel). The world that Jesus existed in was almost entirely shaped by the events that took place between the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament.

So, what exactly happened between the Old Testament and the New Testament? A lot. And all of it is important.

“400 Years of Silence”

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.