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When Were the Books of the Bible Written?

Italian Bible, 13th century

Italian Bible, 13th century

The following timeline is a general layout for the biblical dates of authorship, according to the Christian Study Center. Some are estimations based upon events accounted in the books and cross-referenced with historical records. Obviously the dates are highly debatable.

B.C.E. Old Testament

  • c. 2166 to c. 1876 Job
  • c. 1446 to c. 1406 Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  • c. 1406 to c. 1050 Joshua, Judges
  • c. 1050 to c. 931 Ruth, Samuel, Psalms, Song of Solomon, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes
  • c. 875 Obadiah, Joel
  • c. 790 Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah
  • c. 732 to c. 726 Nahum, Zephaniah
  • c. 640 Jeremiah, Lamentations, Habakkuk, Kings, Daniel, Ezekial
  • c. 586 to c. 538 Haggai, Zechariah
  • c. 458 Chronicles, Ezra, Esther
  • c. 444 Nehemiah, Malachi

C.E. New Testament

  • c. 50 I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians,
  • c. 53 Galatians
  • c. 55 Romans, I Corinthians,
  • c. 57 II Corinthians, James (40 - 60 A.D.)
  • c. 60 Mark, Luke, John, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, Philemon
  • c. 62 I Timothy, II Timothy, Acts, Titus,
  • c. 64 I Peter
  • c. 66 II Peter
  • c. 68 to 80 Hebrews
  • c. 90 I John, II John, III John, Jude
  • c. 95 Revelation

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