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 named "Redating the New Testament" John A. T. Robinson demonstrates that the N.T. 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 and Jesus Christ specially selected several faithful, mature men to compose the most critical book man needed, and to make it available to all people, through the power of his spirit.

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

The New Testament was written by, or its writing was supervised by, the chosen disciples of Jesus Christ. John, who near the end of the first century A.D. was the last living apostle, was uniquely qualified to canonize the Scriptures as he was of the Aaronic (Levitical priest) blood line. 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.


When was New Testament written?
Bibliography

Holy Bible, a Faithful Version
Redating the New Testament


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