Timeline of the Prelude to Nehemiah

Before studying Nehemiah it is important to understand the background information to books like Haggai, Zechariah, and Ezra. This gives context to the historical events happening in Nehemiah.

Events

Book of Daniel

605 BC - 536 BC

Nebuchandnezzar's reign begins: Babylonian Empire

605 bc

Fall of the Southern Kingdom (Israelite Nation Judah)

586 bc

Persian Empire 550 BC - 330 BC

550 BCE

Cyrus, King of Persia allows Jews to return from exile

539 BC

Haggai

538 bc - 520 bc

Zechariah

538 BC - 520 BC

Zerubbabel leads first group back to Jerusalem

537 BC

Ezra

537 bc - 456 bc

Darius becomes King

522 BC

520 Haggai and Zechariah deliver their first prophecies

520 BC

Temple is completed

516 BC

Esther

485 bc - 464 bc

Esther becomes Queen

478 BC

Nehemiah

445 bc - 432 bc

Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem

444 BC