“The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord” (Zechariah 10–14; Malachi)
The official church guide can be seen at the Official LDS Church site for Gospel Doctrine (Old Testament 2006)
We encourage you to make sure you are familiar with the official church curriculum as the first step in your lesson preparation, as this is the material recommended by the General Authorities of the church.
Supplementary material here is not intended to substitute for lesson preparation, but hopefully it will enhance your preparations for Sunday School.
Many LDS people think there was nothing written between the time of Malachi to the birth of Christ, Quoting from the http://scriptures.lds.org/bd/a/100 regarding the Apocrypha, we see that 1 and 2 Maccabees (which is still canon in the Catholic Bible) took place in the 2nd century BC, and is some interesting history in regards to the time between Malachi and Christ.
- The First Book of the Maccabees. (See Maccabees.) The importance of this work for our knowledge of Jewish history in the 2nd century B.C. can hardly be surpassed. It recounts with great minuteness the whole narrative of the Maccabean movement from the accession of Antiochus Epiphanes (175) to the death of Simon (135). The persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes and the national rising led by the aged priest Mattathias, the heroic war of independence under the lead of Judas the Maccabee, the recovery of religious freedom and political independence under Jonathan (160-143) and Simon (143-135) mark the chief divisions of the stirring period that the book chronicles.
- The Second Book of the Maccabees. Deals with the history of the Jews during fifteen years(175-160), and therefore goes over part of the period described in 1 Macc. It is inferior to that book both in simplicity and in accuracy because legends are introduced with great freedom. However, the doctrine of the resurrection is strongly affirmed.
Additional Teaching Materials
- Old Testament Institute Manual
- The Old Testament Made Easier Part 3. David J Ridges, 2006. ISBN 1-55517-957-6