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When was each Book of the Old Testament written?

The following chronological order of the Old Testament books is based on the opinions of several hundred conservative and liberal scholars. The listing of individual scholars and their dates for each book of the Old Testament is provided in the links below.

This chart and information was previously on the Errant Skeptics Research Institute website. (errantskeptics.org)  copyright 2014

 

Updated 5//27/2011
Chronological O.T. OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS YEAR NUMBER DIVISION AUTHOR
Order Order   WRITTEN SCHOLARS    
4 1 Genesis 1417,2 20 LAW Moses
3 2 Exodus 1420 20 LAW Moses
2 3 Leviticus 1438.9 19 LAW Moses
6 4 Numbers 1408.1 20 LAW Moses
5 5 Deuteronomy 1422.8 20 LAW Moses
7 6 Joshua 1359 19 History Joshua
8 7 Judges 1062 17 History Samuel?
9 8 Ruth 1008 16 History Samuel?
10 9 First Samuel 921 17 History Samuel?
13 10 Second Samuel 903 17 History Samuel?
30 11 First Kings 573 16 History Jeremiah?
25 12 Second Kings 596 16 History Jeremiah?
34 13 First Chronicles 459 16 History Ezra
35 14 Second Chronicles 446 16 History Ezra
36 15 Ezra 447 15 History Ezra
39 16 Nehemiah 425 16 History Nehemiah
38 17 Esther 431 16 History Unknown
1 18 Job 1441 17 Poetry/Wisdom Uncertain
14 19 Psalms 811 15 Poetry/Wisdom Various
17 20 Proverbs 797 16 Poetry/Wisdom Solomon
12 21 Ecclesiastes 929 16 Poetry/Wisdom Solomon
11 22 Song of Solomon 944 16 Poetry/Wisdom Solomon
22 23 Isaiah 699 16 Major Prophet Isaiah
27 24 Jeremiah 602 16 Major Prophet Jeremiah
28 25 Lamentations 586 16 Major Prophet Jeremiah
29 26 Ezekiel 579 16 Major Prophet Ezekiel
31 27 Daniel 542 16 Major Prophet Daniel
20 28 Hosea 729 16 Minor Prophet Hosea
16 29 Joel 757 15 Minor Prophet Joel
18 30 Amos 759 16 Minor Prophet Amos
19 31 Obadiah 707 16 Minor Prophet Obadiah
15 32 Jonah 775 14 Minor Prophet Jonah
21 33 Micah 719 14 Minor Prophet Micah
23 34 Nahum 638 15 Minor Prophet Nahum
26 35 Habakkuk 608 13 Minor Prophet Habakkuk
24 36 Zephaniah 625 14 Minor Prophet Zephaniah
32 37 Haggai 521 14 Minor Prophet Haggai
33 38 Zechariah 510 14 Minor Prophet Zechariah
37 39 Malachi 436 15 Minor Prophet Malachi