- Nobody knows exactly when most books were written.
- There is much disagreement about when most books were written, with opinions differing by many centuries at times.
- Some books were written over the course of many centuries, being compilations of oral histories and records from different sources, and even being edited or updated by later authors.
Order: The order in which the book appears in the standard Protestant Bible.
Name: The commonly understood name.
Subject Period: The period of time covered by the books contents. Like the date of authorship, the subject period is a fuzzy concept for many books. Some books combine historical narrative with prophecy of the future (Isaiah, for example), and the precise subject period of prophecy is always up for interpretation.
Written: The approximate period of time in which the book was written. Some books, like the Psalms, were written over vast periods of time and other books are of very uncertain date, so their placement in the list is fuzzy, to say the least.
|18||Job||2000-1500 BC||2000-1500 BC|
|1||Genesis||4000-1600 BC||2000-1400 BC|
|2||Exodus||1600-1400 BC||1600-1400 BC|
|3||Leviticus||1600-1400 BC||1600-1400 BC|
|4||Numbers||1600-1400 BC||1600-1400 BC|
|5||Deuteronomy||1600-1400 BC||1600-1400 BC|
|6||Joshua||1500-1300 BC||1500-1300 BC|
|7||Judges||1500-1000 BC||1400-900 BC|
|8||Ruth||1100-1000 BC||1050-900 BC|
|9||1 Samuel||1000-700 BC||1000-500 BC|
|19||Psalms||1600-400 BC||1600-400 BC|
|10||2 Samuel||1000-700 BC||1000-500 BC|
|22||Song of Solomon||1000-950 BC||1000-900 BC|
|20||Proverbs||1000-700 BC||1000-700 BC|
|21||Ecclesiastes||950-900 BC||950-900 BC|
|32||Jonah||800-750 BC||800-750 BC|
|11||1 Kings||950 BC-700 BC||800-500 BC|
|23||Isaiah||700-500 BC||700-500 BC|
|12||2 Kings||950 BC-700 BC||800-500 BC|
|25||Lamentations||600-550 BC||600-500 BC|
|15||Ezra||500-400 BC||500-300 BC|
|16||Nehemiah||450-400 BC||450-300 BC|
|17||Esther||500-400 BC||450-300 BC|
|13||1 Chronicles||4000-400 BC||400-300 BC|
|14||2 Chronicles||4000-400 BC||400-300 BC|
|59||James||40-50 AD||40-50 AD|
|48||Galatians||45-55 AD||45-55 AD|
|40||Matthew||10 BC-30 AD||50-70 AD|
|41||Mark||10 BC-30 AD||50-70 AD|
|42||Luke||10 BC-30 AD||50-70 AD|
|52||1 Thessalonians||50-55 AD||50-55 AD|
|53||2 Thessalonians||50-55 AD||50-55 AD|
|45||Romans||50-60 AD||50-60 AD|
|46||1 Corinthians||50-60 AD||50-60 AD|
|47||2 Corinthians||50-60 AD||50-60 AD|
|49||Ephesians||60-65 AD||60-65 AD|
|50||Philippians||60-65 AD||60-65 AD|
|51||Colossians||60-65 AD||60-65 AD|
|54||1 Timothy||60-65 AD||60-65 AD|
|56||Titus||60-65 AD||60-65 AD|
|57||Philemon||60-65 AD||60-65 AD|
|60||1 Peter||60-65 AD||60-65 AD|
|44||Acts||30-65 AD||60-70 AD|
|55||2 Timothy||65-70 AD||65-70 AD|
|58||Hebrews||65-70 AD||65-70 AD|
|61||2 Peter||65-70 AD||65-70 AD|
|65||Jude||65-70 AD||65-70 AD|
|43||John||10 BC-30 AD||60-90 AD|
|62||1 John||90-95 AD||90-95 AD|
|63||2 John||90-95 AD||90-95 AD|
|64||3 John||90-95 AD||90-95 AD|