2000-1000 BC – Hittite Empire

920-586 BC – Divided kingdom of Israel

586 BC – Babylonian captivity

500 BC – Jews’ return from captivity

325 BC – Alexander the Great’s conquest

261 BC – Laodicea founded

220 BC – Antiochus settles Jews from Babylon in Asia

133 BC – Roman Empire begins; lasts until AD 300

27 BC-AD 14 – Augustus

AD 37-41 – Caligula (enforced emperor worship)

AD 48-49 – Paul’s third missionary journey (Ephesus)

AD 60 – Earthquake damages Laodicea, Hierapolis, Colosse

AD 68-78 – John is in Asia

AD 81-96 – Domitian/ emperor worship in Ephesus

AD 990-100 – The book of Revelation written between these dates

AD 98-117 – John’s death

AD 325 – Christianity becomes state religion

AD 363 – A significant church council held in Laodicea


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