Early Periodization of Redemptive History
Is there a specific pattern according to which the Israelites or the New Testament church divided the history of salvation into periods? Usually there is a division separating the time before the birth of Jesus Christ and the time after his resurrection. Different subdivisions then followed naturally. This is a way to seek meaning and purpose in history. The author notes different schemes of periodization among the ancients—those of the Jewish tradition, apocalyptic literature, and pseudepigraphic literature.