As I began a study of Nehemiah I realized an overview of the period of the Persion Kings was going to help me put Nehemiah in context. Here were some questions I had and my answers after constructing a timeline:
What is the time overlap of Ezra and Nehemiah?
Ezra was prominent about 12 years before Nehemiah then they worked together.
Did Nehemiah know Queen Esther?
It is possible.
Did Nehemiah ever meet Daniel?
What Bible Prophets ministered during Nehemiah’s leadership?
Malachi did, Zechariah and Haggia just preceded Nehemiah
Bible Timeline, Persian Kings Period
607 Captivity begins time of Jehoiakim (Daniel 1:1-6; 2 Chronicles 36:6-7)
597 deportation, Time of Jehoiachin (Jeremiah 52:28-30)
586 Babylon invasion, FALL OF JERUSALEM, TEMPLE Destroyed
559-530 Persian King, Cyrus II,
538 Babylon surrenders to Persian King Cyrus
537 Daniel prospers under King Cyrus, Daniel 6:28
537 First exiles return from 70 years Captivity.
535 Altar and Foundation of the TEMPLE begun, Zerubbabel
530-522 Persian King Cambyses
522-486 BC Persian King Darius I
522 Temple construction stopped by opposition
520 Prophet Zechariah
520 Prophet Haggai
520 Rebuilding of Temple Resumed
516 Temple Finished and Dedicated
486-465 Persian King Xerxes I,
473 Ester is Queen of Persia
465-425 Persian King Artaxerxes
458 Second exile group returns to Jerusalem, 90 years since 1st group
Ezra in this return, He reforms Synagogues & Scribes founded
445 Third exile group returns
Nehemiah Rebuilds the Walls of Jerusalem Nehemiah
440 Book of Ezra written
433 Nehemiah returns and institutes Reforms
430 Book of Nehemiah written
430 Book of Malachi written
OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY ENDS WITH THE BOOK OF Malachi
400 Inter-testamental period begins (intertestamental period)