A time period used for the scheduling of Reading Lists and the understanding of historical grammar.  The period is broadly considered to be that time starting at the time of the Church, and lasting until the New Heaven and Earth.

In more common use, the period can be described as the time between St. Augustine and Martin Luther theologically, Aurelius and Renee Descartes epistemologically, between the fall of Rome and the fall of Constantinople politically.  The Medieval period occurs between the Ancient and Modern times.

The Medieval period is further divided into the early (400 – 1000 AD, high (1000 – 1200 AD, and late middle ages (1200 – 1500 AD) .

Minor Prophets

The Minor Prophets are only minor in their length.  Considered in their transcendent number of ’12’, they are witnesses, like the apostles, in history short enough to be contained on one scroll.  We have been thinking a lot about the Assyrian power, so here is a way of arranging the prophets by the Gentile powers under which they appeared:
1.  Assyrian Period (9th through 7th century BC):  Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Hosea, Amos, (Isaiah), Micah, Nahum.
2.  Babylonian Period: (612 through 549 BC): Zephaniah, (Jeremiah), Habakkuk, (Daniel), (Ezekiel)
3.  Persian Period:  (549 BC through 433 BC):  Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi