The Zhou’s contributions to the world
The Zhou Dynasty (appears on the Biblical Timeline from 1122 BC to 256 BC) was one of Ancient China’s most progressive ages. Its progress was directly attributed to the various contributions that they have made in history such as the introduction of Confucianism, as popularized by famous Chinese philosopher Confucius. The Zhou Dynasty also contributed many economic and bureaucratic reforms in Ancient China such as the introduction of a feudal system of government with lords under the Zhou Emperor manning the districts under the territory of the ruling king. Aside from the political system, reforms were also introduced in the aspects of agriculture, craftsmanship and literature during those times. But not all is good in China during the reign of the Zhou Emperors.
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Tyrant King Li
While the legacy of the Zhou emperors was paved with great achievements and innovations, one emperor dared to be different, in a more negative way. King Li of Zhou (877 BC to 841 BC during the time of the Kings of divided Israel and the founding of Carthage among other world events). The tenth in the line of the Zhou Emperors, darkened the memory of his progressive predecessors due to his pride, conceit and cruelty to his subjects. Li was known throughout history as a tyrant and a corrupt king. He was known to have squandered the wealth of the kingdom by spending lavishly on riches using his subject’s paid taxes. He further aggravated his own reputation when he enacted a new law ordering those who dare to speak against him to be put to death. Fifty one years of harsh rule eventually made its effect on the local citizenry and even with the current emperor’s military forces.
Tired of Li’s despotic rule, citizens and even soldiers of the emperor eventually started a revolt against him. But prior to the impending revolt, Li was earlier warned by one of his ministers that with his law punishing anyone who speaks against him. A lot of the citizens were getting restless despite the forced silence made on them. The minister’s warning eventually came true. When the revolt began, angry citizens immediately rushed to the palace to murder Li. However, the tyrannical (but cowardly) despot fled after hearing reports of the revolution. But while Li successfully fled, his family was murdered by the revolutionaries. Failing to find the tyrant emperor, the angry mob eventually dispersed and the appointed the Dukes of Shao and Zhou to rule over the kingdom. Thus began the period of the Gonghe (“joint harmony”) Regency from 841 BC to 828 BC. It was at this period that China had experienced the same precepts as that of the Republic.
After fleeing the palace during the revolt, King Li became a wanderer and a fugitive, eventually living in obscurity for years. Unknown to Li, one of his sons, who survived the revolt was in the safe keeping of one of his ministers. Li’s successor, a surviving son, named Xuan, eventually became king after the previous emperor died in exile. Xuan succeeded the popular Gonghe Regency after more than 14 years of rule.
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