When was the Bible written and who wrote it?

 by Matt Slick

The following dates are not always exact but are very good estimates.

Old Testament

BookAuthorDate Written
GenesisMoses?-1445 B.C.
ExodusMoses1445-1405 B.C.
LeviticusMoses1405 B.C.
NumbersMoses1444-1405 B.C.
DeuteronomyMoses1405 B.C.
JoshuaJoshua1404-1390 B.C.
JudgesSamuel1374-1129 B.C.
RuthSamuel1150? B.C.
First SamuelSamuel1043-1011 B.C.
Second SamuelEzra?1011-1004 B.C.
First KingsJeremiah?971-852 B.C.
Second KingsJeremiah?852-587 B.C.
First ChroniclesEzra?450-425 B.C.
Second ChroniclesEzra?450-425 B.C.
EzraEzra538-520 B.C.
NehemiahNehemiah445-425 B.C.
EstherMordecai?465 B.C.
JobJob???
PsalmsDavid1000? B.C.
Sons of Korah wrote Psalms 42, 44-49, 84-85, 87. Asaph wrote Psalms 50, 73-83. Heman wrote Psalm 88. Ethan wrote Psalm 89. Hezekiah wrote Psalms 120-123, 128-130, 132, 134-136. Solomon wrote Psalms 72, 127.
ProverbsSolomon wrote 1-29
Agur wrote 30
Lemuel wrote 31
950-700 B.C.
EcclesiastesSolomon935 B.C.
Song of SolomonSolomon965 B.C.
IsaiahIsaiah740-680 B.C.
JeremiahJeremiah627-585 B.C.
LamentationsJeremiah586 B.C.
EzekielEzekiel593-560 B.C.
DanielDaniel605-536 B.C.
HoseaHosea710 B.C.
JoelJoel835 B.C.
AmosAmos755 B.C.
ObadiahObadiah840 or 586 B.C.
JonahJonah760 B.C.
MicahMicah700 B.C.
NahumNahum663-612 B.C.
HabakkukHabakkuk607 B.C.
ZephaniahZephaniah625 B.C.
HaggaiHaggai520 B.C.
ZechariahZechariah520-518 B.C.
MalachiMalachi450-600 B.C.

New Testament

BookAuthorDate Written (A.D)
MatthewMatthew60's
MarkJohn Marklate 50's
early 60's
LukeLuke60
JohnJohnlate 80's
early 90's
ActsLuke61
RomansPaul55
1 CorinthiansPaul54
2 CorinthiansPaul55
GalatiansPaul49
EphesiansPaul60
PhilippiansPaul61
ColossiansPaul60
1 ThessaloniansPaul50-51
2 ThessaloniansPaul50-51
1 TimothyPaul62
2 TimothyPaul63
TitusPaul62
PhilemonPaul60
Hebrews(Paul, Apollos, Barnabas . . . ?)60's
JamesJames, half brother of Jesus40's or 50's
1 PeterPeter63
2 PeterPeter63-64
1 JohnJohnlate 80's
early 90's
2 JohnJohnlate 80's
early 90's
3 JohnJohnlate 80's
early 90's
JudeJude, half brother of Jesus60's or 70's
Revelation Johnlate 80's
early 90's

 

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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.