Timelines help lend perspective. Here we will track our stories against relevant world historical events.

  • 957 BCE

    The First Temple was built

    According to Jewish tradition and scripture it was built by King Solomon, the son of King David.

  • 586 BCE

    The First Temple was destroyed

    The first Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians.

    586 BCE

  • 516 BCE

    The Second Temple constructed

    The Second Temple was constructed under the auspices of Zerubbabel.

  • 63 BCE

    Roman Rule of Israel begins

    Jerusalem captured by Roman general, Pompey.

    63 BCE

  • 70 CE

    The Second Temple destroyed

    The Second Temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire

  • 1 CE

    Jesus born

    While we cannot know precisely when Jesus was born, some scholars postulate between 6 B.C. and 4 B.C.  This theory relies on the biblical story of Herod the Great.

    1 CE

  • c. 85

    Letters of Saint Paul Written

    The first written references mentioning Jesus were written by Saint Paul 20 – 30 years after his death.

  • c. 450 AD

    Merovingian Dynasty begins

    The Merovingian dynasty was the ruling family of the Franks. Some believe they carried the blood of a royal union between Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene.

    c. 450 AD