The Exilic Period of Israel

Exilic Periods

Pre-Exilic Period

605 BC - 539 BC

Early Post-Exilic Period

539 BC - 486 BC

Middle Post-Exilic Period

486 BC - 465 BC

Late Post-Exilic Period

465 BC - 70 AD

Major Historical Events

Nebuchadnezzar is King of Babylon

605 BC - 552 BC

Jehoiachin, King of Judaea, deported and captive in Babylon

597 bc - 561 bc

First Deportation

597 bc

Fall of Jerusalem

587 bc - 586 bc

Another Massive Deportation

586 B.C.

Cyrus is King of Persia

559 bc - 530 bc

Nabonidus is King of Babylon

555 bc - 539 BC

Persian and Medes United through Cyrus's Conquest of Astyages

550 bc

Cyrus Overthrows Babylon

539 bc

Cambyses is King of Persia

530 bc - 522 bc

Persia Defeats Egypt

525 BC

Darius is King of Persia

522 bc - 486 bc

Rebuilding of Temple is Complete

515 bc

Battle of Marathon (Persia and Greece)

490 BC

Herodotus, Greek Historian

490 bc - 425 bc

Yeho'ezer is Governor of Yehud

490 bc - 470 bc

Xerxus (Ahasuerus) is King of Persia

486 bc - 465 bc

Delian League Troubles Persia

480 bc - 333 bc

Greece (under Alexander) Defeats Persia

333 bc

Destruction of the Temple

70 ad

Time Spans of Biblical Books

Ezra and Nehemiah

539 bc - 515 bc

Ezra 5:14: Shessbazzar is Governor of Yehud

538 bc - 520 bc

Haggai 1:1, 4: Zerubbabel is Governor of Yehud

520 bc - 510 bc

Ezra: Haggai and Zechariah exhortation to complete the temple.

520 bc

Esther

486 bc - 465 bc

Ezra's return

458 bc

Neh. 5:14, 12:26: Nehemiah is Governor of Yehud

445 bc - 433 bc