Between the Testaments: From Malachi to Matthew

by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, S. Kent Brown

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You've studied the Old Testament. You've studied the New Testament. But what do you know about the five hundred years between these sacred books? In Between the Testaments: From Malachi to Matthew, Latter-day Saint scholars S. Kent Brown and Richard Neitzel Holzapfel illuminate this little-understood era. The authors discuss such fascinating topics as:

  • the Dead Sea Scrolls

  • apocrypha and pseudepigrapha

  • the Hellenization of the ancient world

  • Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots

  • feasts and festivals

  • the hope for a Messiah

and much more to help you understand the full sweep of the history of the house of Israel.

The authors note, 'We hope that Between the Testaments will help readers make the Old and New Testaments into one continuous story – from Genesis to Revelation – instead of two stories separated by deep chasms of history, culture, and doctrine.'

Published: October 2002
Pages: 268

About the Authors

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel is an Area Authority and senior manager of the Missionary Department for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU. He has a PhD in history from the University of California-Irvine.

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S. Kent Brown

Dr. S. Kent Brown is an emeritus professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and is the former director of the BYU Jerusalem Center in Near Eastern Studies. He is the author of Mary and Elisabeth: Noble Daughters of God, as well as many other books and articles. In the world of documentary films, he was the executive producer of Journey of Faith, Journey of Faith: The New World and Messiah: Behold the Lamb of God.

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Great book on a neglected but important topic
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Brown and Holzapfel have done a valuable service to the LDS audience by pulling together information from a wide variety of sources and adding their own insights and perspective to a topic seldom discussed in the Church, though important to our understanding of the Bible. I especially appreciate their scene-setting vignettes at the beginning of each chapter and the great further reading lists at the end. There are no pictures or charts, surprising for a Holzapfel book and which would have been welcome, such as with the Dead Sea Scrolls or Feasts and Festivals chapters. But the maps are useful and the text is very well-written and a pleasure to read. Thanks to these two fine scholars for a great piece of work.

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