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Jerusalem Timeline

After reading through a number of articles and a few books dealing with modern dispensational millenialist
viewpoints on prophecy, I decided to take a look at the underlying assumptions in their interpretation of
especially the prophecies of Daniel. One thing that stands out glaringly is the capricious nature of their
selection of succession of nations or kingdoms which are fitted to the various metals, horns, or beasts of
the visions in Daniel. That which seems to me entirely obvious, and beyond debate, is the fact that the
prophecies are clearly centered on Jerusalem, the rulership of which is the central concern of the seer
and which should similarly be the central concern of one seeking to interpret the visions in regards to their
original fulfilment and any possible subsequent ones, which so many modern, some quite successful,
prophecy authors write on.

In order to learn whether the rulership of Jerusalem after the Seleucid age would display any discernible
patterns to which Daniel's imagery might be applied, I put together the timeline below. Where I have found
precise dates, I have used them. My primary conclusion, which I had already suspected, is that it's beyond
doubt that any so-called historicist position is simply not tenable given Jerusalem as the center of the
prophecies. While the history of the Holy City is certainly one of many conquerers and many conquered,
I see no way to tie this series of changes of dominion to the spectacular imagery of Daniel outside of the
original Seleucid period to which it first applied. At least at such a large scale as the change of dominion over
Jerusalem between nations, which is usually the scale at which these modern interpreters work at, there does
not appear a pattern. Perhaps a more detailed examination at the level of individual rulers will present such,
as St. John the author of Revelation discovered in applying Daniel's ten horned beast to the Roman emperors.
That will be for another page.

I may work on the presentation a bit more, but the initial version given here will, I think, suffice for now.

As always, your comments are welcome.

  native local rulers ???-1550?
  Egyptian overlords 1550?-1200?
  Canaanites 1200?-1005?
Judah House of David 1005?-587
  (Shishak takes Jerusalem's treasures 928)
  (Assyrians besiege Jerusalem 701)
Babylonians Babylonians 587-536
Persians Persians 536-332
  (Artaxerxes III burns Jerusalem 350)
Greeks Alexander 332-323
  Ptolemids 323-200
  Seleucids 200-164
Jews Hasmoneans 164-63
Rome Pompey takes Jerusalem 63
  Herod the Great 37-4
  Archelaus 4BC-6AD
  Roman procurators 6-41
  Herod Agrippa I 41-44
  Roman procurators 44-66
Jews Jewish Revolt 66-70
Rome Romans 70-132
Jews Bar Kokhba 132-135
Rome Romans/Byzantines 135-4 May 614
Zoroastrians Persians take Jerusalem 4 May 614
Rome Romans/Byzantines retake Jerusalem 628
Muslims Omar takes Jerusalem 638
  Ummayads 660-750
  Abbassids begin summer 750
  Tulunids annex Palestine to Egypt 878
  Abbassids reassume Palestine 905-940
  Ikhshidis take Egypt 941
  (Fatimids take Egypt 969)
  Fatimids take Palestine 970-972
  (Great earthquake in Jerusalem 5 Dec 1033)
  Seljuks take Jerusalem summer 1073
  Fatimids retake Jerusalem summer 1098
Crusaders Crusaders take Jerusalem 15 July 1099
Muslims Saladin takes Jerusalem 2 October 1187
  Ayyubids 2 Oct. 1187-18 Feb 1229
Crusaders Frederick II given ruined Jerusalem 18 Feb 1229-1239
Muslims al Nasir al Daud of Kerak 1239-1241
Crusaders Franks 1241-23 Aug 1244
Muslims Khwarizmian Turks take Jerusalem 23 Aug 1244-1260
  (Mamluks defeat Mongols at Ayn Jalut 3 Sept 1260)
  Mamluk 1260-1516
  (Baybars sacks Jer., Bethlehem churches 1263)
  Ottoman 1516-11 Dec 1917
  (Mohammed Ali of Egypt rules Jer. 1832-1840)
British British 11 Dec 1917-14 May 1948
Muslims Jordanian 14 May 1948-7 June 1967
Jews Israel 7 June 1967-present


Last updated 16 July 2004