Events Influencing the Gospel of Matthew
Samaria falls and Judah stands alone.
There were a series of 3 exiles with the final occurring after the destruction of Jerusalem. There was a permanent renunciation of idolatry.
Alexander was tolerant of the Jewish people and gave them a large amount of autonomy during his reign. The Jews showed him Daniel's prophecy during his first incursion into Palestine.
Antioches was a madman. Reaction to his reign sparked the Maccabean revolts during which the Jews had a brief period of self-rule.
Pharisees were keepers of the law and middle class. Sadducees were aristocracy who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Essenes most likely withdrew to Qumran and the Zealots wanted to fight Rome.
Augustus was Roman ruler at the time of Christ's birth.
Allowed for a stable world with good infrastructure to spread the Gospel.
Tiberius ruled at the time of Christ's crucifixion.
There is much debate about this range. Most likely written in mid 50's to early 60's.
Peter and Paul were executed during the reign of this hater of Christians.
As a result of a revolt sparked in 68 A.D. Rome responded with the destruction of the temple.
The apostle John most likely wrote the book of Revelation during his exile on Patmos during Domitian's time on the throne.