Approximate Chronology of the New Testament Writings

A Guide to Understanding the Bible
by Harry Emerson Fosdick

Approximate Chronology of the New Testament Writings

Early collections of the sayings of Jesus and notes on his life, written shortly after his death, possibly in Aramaic, and afterwards used in the compilation of the Gospels.

First and Second Epistles of Paul to the Thessalonians, 50-51 A.D.

The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians, 57-58 A.D., date contested.

The Corinthian correspondence, probably four letters now combined in First and Second Corinthians, 54-55 A.D.

The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, 56-57 A.D.

The Epistles of Paul to the Colossians, to Philemon, to the Ephesians, and to the Philippians, 59-61 A.D.

The Gospel according to Mark, about 70 A.D.

The Epistle to the Hebrews, 80-90 A.D.

The Gospel according to Matthew, 90-95 A.D.

The Gospel according to Luke, and The Acts, about 90 A.D.

The Book of Revelation, about 95 A.D.

The First Epistle of Peter, about 96 A.D.

The Epistle of James, about 100 A.D.

The Gospel according to John, and the three Epistles of John, about 100 A,D.

The Epistle to Titus and the two Epistles to Timothy, about 100 A.D., with earlier genuine portions from Paul probably included.

The Epistle of Jude, uncertain.

The Second Epistle of Peter, about 150 A.D.