Wednesday, July 4, 2007

When Were the Books of the Bible Written?

The Holy Bible consists of 66 Books: 39 Old Testament Books (before Jesus' birth) and 27 New Testament Books (after Jesus' death and resurrection).

Old Testament Books in Chronological order according to the most likely years of their writings:
Job -- 2150 B.C.
Pentateuch -- 1402 B.C. (Gen., Ex., Lev., Num., Deut.)
Joshua -- before 1350 B.C.
Judges and Ruth -- before 1050 B.C.
Psalms -- before 965 B.C.
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon -- before 926 B.C.
1 and 2 Samuel -- before 926 B.C.
1 Kings and 1 Chronicles -- before 848 B.C.
Obadiah -- 848 B.C.
Joel -- 835 B.C.
Jonah -- 780 B.C.
Amos -- 765 B.C.
Hosea -- 755 B.C.
Isaiah -- 750 B.C.
Micah -- 740 B.C.
Jeremiah and Lamentations -- 640 B.C.
Nahum -- 630 B.C.
Habakkuk and Zephaniah -- 625 B.C.
Ezekiel -- 593 B.C.
2 Kings and 2 Chronicles -- 539 B.C.
Daniel -- before 538 B.C.
Haggai and Zechariah -- 520 B.C.
Esther -- after 476 B.C.
Ezra -- 458 B.C.
Nehemiah -- after 445 B.C.
Malachi -- 432 B.C.

New Testament Books in Chronological order according to the most likely years of their writings:
James -- A.D. 49 (written from Jerusalem)
1 and 2 Thessalonians -- A.D. 52 (written from Corinth)
1 Corinthians -- A.D. 55 (written from Macedonia)
2 Corinthians -- A.D. 56 (written from Macedonia)
Galatians -- A.D. 57 (written from Ephesus)
Romans -- A.D. 58 (written from Corinth)
Luke -- A.D. 59 (written from Caesarea)
Acts -- A.D. 60 (written from Rome)
Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon -- A.D. 61,62 (written from Rome)
Matthew -- A.D. 63 (written from Judea)
Mark -- A.D. 63 (written from Rome)
Hebrews -- A.D. 64 (written from Jerusalem)
1 Timothy -- A.D. 65 (written from Macedonia)
1 Peter -- A.D. 65 (written from Babylon)
2 Peter -- A.D. 66 (written from unknown)
Titus -- A.D. 66 (written from Greece)
Jude -- A.D. 67 (written from unknown)
2 Timothy -- A.D. 67 (written from Rome)
John -- A.D. 85-90 (written from Ephesus)
1 John -- A.D. 90-95 (written from Judea)
2 and 3 John -- A.D. 90-95 (written from Ephesus)
Revelation -- A.D. 90-95 (written from the Isle of Patmos)


storytelling in ASL said...

thank you - it is amazingly difficult to get a list of the order in which books were written, and your description is concise and easy to follow. Thanks. Bridget

mark said...

Thanks.. :)

Renata said...

thanks for posting this....i needed it for school and this will help

Renata said...

Thanks...i needed this for school so this is a big help

The Sight said...

This is quite helpful. Thank you.

Lowell & Faye said...

This information was just for my own benefit and I am very appreciative.

Kevin Burgess said...

You need to verify your information. According to the NIV Bible, Galatians was written in AD 49, not AD 57 and was written in Antioch, not Ephasus. I didn't compare the others, but just noticed this discrepancy.

Tony B said...

Kevin - I don't know why you are being presumptuous about information I have gathered to post. Why do you suggest the NIV is the correct source of information? Have you reviewed other sources? May I suggest you review other sources, such as Matthew McGee at, which is a great chronology and aligns with my posting? There are many sources of information, some good, some not so good. I'm not wed to any particular source, but I have gathered a number of them and considered everything from them and have come up with the dates I posted. Feel free to disagree, but please don't be unnecessarily presumptuous. We're on the same team.... I think.

Andre Bonner said...

I am glad to have stumbled upon this blog. It has truly given me the impression of how the bible is written. This leaves no doubt in my mind as to the understanding of the sacred text.