When was the
New Testament written?

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The opinions and hypotheses of scholars vary widely regarding when the New Testament was written or first recorded. Some view it as a collection of fables and myths verbally passed on by storytellers for generations before being recorded. Other scholars believe that most of the it was written before the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.

In his book, Redating the New Testament, John A. T. Robinson demonstrates that the NT books were written relatively EARLY. In spite of the late dates assigned by some scholars, it is possible to determine the date of each one of the books. God the Father and Jesus Christ specifically chose certain deeply converted men to write the most important and magnificent book in the world - and make it available to all people - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amazing as it sounds, the entire New Testament was written down through the efforts of only EIGHT men! Six of them were chosen apostles of Jesus. Three were eyewitnesses of his life and ministry - the apostles Matthew, Peter and John. Two were physical brothers of Jesus - James and Jude. One, Paul, was specially called to be the apostle to the Gentiles and for three years was personally taught by Jesus Christ (in Arabia) through visions. The last two were Mark - who penned the Gospel of Mark under Peter’s supervision - and Luke, who authored the Gospel of Luke and Acts under the Apostle Paul’s supervision.

The apostle John had the distinguished role of collecting all the books extant and completing the canonization of the New Testament somewhere between 96 to 99 A.D. John was of the Aaronic (Levitical priest) blood line, making him uniquely qualified for the task of finalizing God's word for man.

The New Testament was written by, or its writing was supervised by, the chosen apostles of Jesus Christ. We can therefore have full faith and confidence that the original Greek text, as preserved in the Byzantine text, is the very Word of God.

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New Testament Book Dates

Date Written
(A.D.)

Book

Author

35
MatthewMatthew

40 to 41

James

James

42
Mark
Mark

42

John

John

50
1ThessaloniansApostle Paul

51

2Thessalonians

same as above

53
(Spring)
Galatianssame as above

56
(Late Winter)

1Corinthians

same as above

57
(Late Summer)
2Corinthianssame as above

57
(Winter)

Romans

same as above

59
LukeLuke

61 to 63

Ephesians, Philippians,
Colossians, Philemon, Hebrews

Apostle Paul

63
Acts **Luke

63

1Timothy, Titus

Apostle Paul

63 to 64
1John, 2John, 3JohnJohn

64 to 65

1Peter

Peter

65 to 66
2PeterPeter

66 to 67

Jude

Jude

67
2TimothyApostle Paul

95

Revelation

John

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Notes

* Year and Year ranges (e.g. 63 to 64 A.D.) denote
when books are completed but not necessarily
the year they were first recorded.

** Acts 1 to 13 was written by Luke when Paul
was in a Caesarea prison (58 - 60 A.D.).
Luke also penned Acts 13 to 28 when he
traveled on Paul's journeys.


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