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When was each Book of the New Testament written?

Dating the New Testament, based on the opinions of several hundred New Testament scholars.

In a court of law the testimony of one expert is considered evidence, however it is frequently offset by another expert with a differing opinion. The same thing happens in the academic community as to when the New Testament books were written. However, in the court of public opinion the testimony of several hundred New Testament scholars is strong evidence and far outweighs the opinions of radical scholars, skeptics and nonbelievers. The latter groups seek to discredit the Gospel accounts, and create another Jesus they claim was produced by legends over a long time frame.  We have provided the opinions of several hundred conservative and liberal scholars in the links below to establish the weight of scholarly evidence against all such radical views. Many eyewitnesses to the Gospel accounts were still alive, when the books of the New Testament were penned.                                                            Grace and peace, Gary Butner, Th.D. and R.A. Sickler, Ph.D.

This chart and information was previously on the Errant Skeptics Research Institute website. (errantskeptics.org)


    Updated  1/1/2014    Click on the name of a book to see the  scholars listed.

                   
N.T. ORDER CHRONOLOGICAL DOCUMENT NUMBER RANGE O F DATES YEAR AUTHOR
  ORDER Jesus Christ's Death and Resurrection SCHOLARS EARLY LATE   AD 33    
13 1 1 Thessalonians 41 50.8 51.4 A.D. 51.1 Paul  
14 3 2 Thessalonians 33 51.2 51.9 A.D. 51.5 Paul  
9 2 Galatians 40 50.8 52.4 A.D. 51.4 Paul  
7 4 1 Corinthians 43 55.0 55.5 A.D. 55.2 Paul  
8 5 2 Corinthians 39 55.7 56.2 A.D. 56.0 Paul
6 6 Romans 43 56.7 57.2 A.D. 56.9 Paul  
11 8 Philippians 41 60.1 61.0 A.D. 60.6 Paul  
18 7 Philemon 37 59.9 61.1 A.D. 60.5 Paul  
12 10 Colossians 39 60.2 61.3 A.D. 60.7 Paul  
10 11 Ephesians 38 60.8 62.2 A.D. 61.5 Paul  
2 12 Date for the Gospel of Mark 72 58.9 64.3 A.D. 61.6 John Mark (1)  
20 9 James 70 51.9 69.0 A.D. 60.4 James  
  N/A James (Modified) 51 47.0 54.6 A.D. 50.8 James (4)  
15 13 1 Timothy 36 62.9 64.6 A.D. 63.8 Paul  
17 14 Titus 32 63.2 65.0 A.D. 64.1 Paul  
16 17 2 Timothy 35 65.2 66.4 A.D. 65.8 Paul  
1 16 Date for the Gospel of Matthew 71 62.1 69.0 A.D. 65.5 Matthew  
21 15 1 Peter 32 63.1 65.9 A.D. 64.5 Peter  
3 18 Date for the Gospel of Luke 70 64.1 68.4 A.D. 66.3 Luke  
19 20 Hebrews 39 64.6 70.3 A.D. 67.4 Unknown(2)  
5 19 Acts 62 66.6 68.1 A.D. 67.4 Luke  
22 21 2 Peter 33 67.1 69.5 A.D. 68.3 Peter  
23 22 Jude 30 68.0 75.4 A.D. 71.7 Jude  
4 23 Date for the Gospel of John 60 83.5 89.4 A.D. 86.5 John the Apostle  
24 24 1 John   33 85.8 93.3 A.D. 89.5 John (3)  
25 26 2 John 33 86.8 93.8 A.D. 90.3 John the Apostle  
26 25 3 John 33 86.3 92.8 A.D. 89.6 John the Apostle  
27 27 Revelation 39 90.1 94.4 A.D. 92.2 John the Apostle


 

The data for this list will always be a work in  progress and is constantly changing as it is being updated. I do grant permission for a link to this page if proper credit is given. Permission to copy this  data for written publications or classes can be obtained by writing Gary Butner at DrGary777@aol.com.  Copyright 2014, EvidenceforJesusChrist.org.

Data content collected and input by Gary Butner, Th.D. Original spreadsheet designed by R.A.Sickler, Ph.D.

(1) John Mark - John was his Hebrew name and Mark his Latin name.
(2) Author unknown. Opinions include Luke, Paul, Barnabas, Apollos, Priscilla and Aquila.
(3) John the Apostle or John the Elder. The evidence is strongest for the apostle.
(4) There is a pronounced difference between scholars for the book of James, and so we have excluded the scholars with higher dates from Modified James.

 

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