September 20, 2011

Order Bible Was Written

I've long been interested in the order the books of the Bible were written, understanding that there is scholarly disagreement surrounding it. Here is the order of the Protestant canon, found here:
Old Testament Books in Chronological order according to the most likely years of their writings:
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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.
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New Testament Books in Chronological order according to the most likely years of their writings:
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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)
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