What's the Chronological Order of the New Testament Books?

Have you ever thought about which books of the New Testament were written first? The 29 books do not appear in sequential order. For example, Matthew, the first Gospel, is actually the 20th book, written between 60 and 69 A.D.

One of the earliest Epistles is James, written in 49 A.D. To some people, James’s emphasis on good works contradicts the all important Christian doctrine of Justification by Faith alone. Now that you know where it fits in the chronology, you can avoid this confusion by understanding that its doctrines are more fully elaborated by later Scriptures.

The miraculous gift of Tongues is another important doctrine made more clear through recognition of the chronological order of the New Testament books.

The following chart is based on conservative scholarship and archaeological findings, and is intended as a guideline.

Chronological Order of New Testament Books (Approximate)

No.BookDate Written (A.D.)
1Galatians49
2James49
31 Thessalonians50 - 51
42 Thessalonians50 - 51
51 Corinthians54
62 Corinthians55
7Romans55
8Mark57 - 59
9Luke60
10Ephesians60
11Colossians60
12Philemon60
13Acts61
14Philippians61
151 Timothy62
16Titus62
172 Timothy63
181 Peter63
192 Peter63 - 64
20Matthew60’s
21Hebrews60’s
22Jude60’s or 70’s
23JohnLate 80’s
241 Johnlate 80’s - early 90’s
252 Johnlate 80’s - early 90’s
263 Johnlate 80’s - early 90’s
27Revelationlate 80’s - early 90’s

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