Dating the new testament books

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Since Caiaphas held office from AD 18-37 (we learn this from Josephus), this means at the latest the pre-Markan source must have been composed within seven years of Jesus’ crucifixion. Robinson, admit the New Testament documents were written very early.

Christian scholars aren’t the only ones who consider early dates on the New Testament documents. He wrote a book called , in which he posited that most New Testament books, including all four Gospels, were written sometime between 40 and 65 AD. in Business and a Certificate of Achievement in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.

Below are approximate dates of when each book of the Bible was written, listed in chronological order with links to each book on Bible Gateway.

Books marked with an asterisk are apocryphal/deuterocanonical; those marked with two asterisks are pseudepigrapha books.

Acts ends with Paul under house arrest in Rome and there’s no mention of James having died.

Also, look for the free chronological Bible reading schedule on our Bible Reading Plans page.

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We know this because Luke reminds the recipient of Acts, Theophilus what he had written to him earlier.

“ If Luke was written by 60 AD, then Mark and Matthew must have been written in the mid-to-late 50s if not earlier. Because Luke says that he got his facts by checking with eyewitness sources (See Luke 1:1-4).

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