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

The books of Galatians and James are thought to be the oldest in the New Testament Canon, written by 49 A.D. 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. | Book            | Date Written (A.D.)    |
-----|-----------------|------------------------|
 1   | Galatians       | 49                     |
 2   | James           | 49                     |
 3   | 1 Thessalonians | 50 - 51                |
 4   | 2 Thessalonians | 50 - 51                |
 5   | 1 Corinthians   | 54                     |
 6   | 2 Corinthians   | 55                     |
 7   | Romans          | 55                     |
 8   | Mark            | 57 - 59                |
 9   | Luke            | 60                     |
 10  | Ephesians       | 60                     |
 11  | Colossians      | 60                     |
 12  | Philemon        | 60                     |
 13  | Acts            | 61                     |
 14  | Philippians     | 61                     |
 15  | 1 Timothy       | 62                     |
 16  | Titus           | 62                     |
 17  | 2 Timothy       | 63                     |
 18  | 1 Peter         | 63                     |
 19  | 2 Peter         | 63 - 64                |
 20  | Matthew         | 60's                   |
 21  | Hebrews         | 60's                   |
 22  | Jude            | 60's or 70's           |
 23  | John            | Late 80's              |
 24  | 1 John          | late 80's - early 90's |
 25  | 2 John          | late 80's - early 90's |
 26  | 3 John          | late 80's - early 90's |
 27  | Revelation      | late 80's - early 90's |
-----|-----------------|------------------------|
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Alec Satin
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