When was the
New Testament written?

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The opinions and hypotheses of scholars vary widely regarding when the New Testament books were 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 New Testament 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 New Testament book. 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 his written word available to all - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amazing as it sounds, the entire New Testament was recorded by 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 wrote the Gospel of Mark under Peter’s supervision - and Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke and Acts under 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
  Matthew Matthew
     
40 to 41
  James James
     
42
 
Mark
 
Mark
     
42
 
John
 
John
     
50
  1Thessalonians Apostle Paul
     
51
  2Thessalonians same as above
     
53
(Spring)
  Galatians same as above
     
56
(Late Winter)
  1Corinthians same as above
     
57
(Late Summer)
  2Corinthians same as above
     
57
(Winter)
  Romans same as above
     
59
  Luke Luke
     
61 to 63
 Ephesians, Philippians,
Colossians, Philemon,
Hebrews
 Apostle Paul
     
63
 Acts** Luke
     
63
 1Timothy, Titus Apostle Paul
     
63 to 64
 1John,
2John, 3John
 John
     
64 to 65
 1Peter Peter
     
65 to 66
 2Peter Peter
     
66 to 67
 Jude Jude
     
67
 2Timothy Apostle 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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