how old is the books of the old testaments in the bible?

how old is the old testaments in the bible

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Here are the books of the Old Testament along with the name of who is most assumed by biblical scholars to be the author, along with the approximate date of authorship:

    Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy = Moses - 1400 B.C.

    Joshua = Joshua - 1350 B.C.

    Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel = Samuel/Nathan/Gad - 1000 - 900 B.C.

    1 Kings, 2 Kings = Jeremiah - 600 B.C.

    1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah = Ezra - 450 B.C.

    Esther = Mordecai - 400 B.C.

    Job = Moses - 1400 B.C.

    Psalms = several different authors, mostly David - 1000 - 400 B.C.

    Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon = Solomon - 900 B.C.

    Isaiah = Isaiah - 700 B.C.

    Jeremiah, Lamentations = Jeremiah - 600 B.C.

    Ezekiel = Ezekiel - 550 B.C.

    Daniel = Daniel - 550 B.C.

    Hosea = Hosea - 750 B.C.

    Joel = Joel - 850 B.C.

    Amos = Amos - 750 B.C.

    Obadiah = Obadiah - 600 B.C.

    Jonah = Jonah - 700 B.C.

    Micah = Micah - 700 B.C.

    Nahum = Nahum - 650 B.C.

    Habakkuk = Habakkuk - 600 B.C.

    Zephaniah = Zephaniah - 650 B.C.

    Haggai = Haggai - 520 B.C.

    Zechariah = Zechariah - 500 B.C.

    Malachi = Malachi - 430 B.C.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Genesis: Moses lived in1400 BC, but the Genesis date to the beginning of time

    Exodus/Leviticus/Numbers/Deuteronomy: All around the 1400's BC

    Joshua: Approx. 1375 BC

    Judges: 1375 BC

    Ruth: 1100 BC

    1 Samuel: 1100-1000 BC

    2 Samuel: 1010-970 BC

    1 Kings:970-850 BC

    2 Kings: Approx. 586 BC

    1 Chron: 1010-970 BC

    2 Chron: 970-500 BC

    Ezra: 530 to mid 400s BC

    Nehemiah: 445 BC

    Esther: 486-465 BC

    Job: Unclear but many believe it is one of the oldest stories in the Bible dating back to 2000 BC

    Psalms: 1400 through 500 BC

    Proverbs: 970-930 BC

    Ecclesiastes: 900s BC

    Song Of Solomon: 970-930 BC

    Isaiah: 740-700 BC

    Jeremiah: 585 BC

    Lamentations: 590-570 BC

    Daniel: 605-538 BC

    Hosea: 750-722 BC

    Joel: 586 BC

    Amos: 760 BC

    Obadiah: Unclear

    Jonah: 760 BC

    Micah: 700 BC

    Nahum: 663-612 BC

    Habbakkuk: 600 BC

    Zephaniah: 640-620 BC

    Haggai: 520 BC

    Zachariah: 520-475 BC

    Malachi: 450 BC

    Source(s): "Know Your Bible" Study Guide (No known author)
  • A
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Moses was inspired by God to complete the book of Genesis around 1513 B.C.E. When he was actually inspired to begin writing it, is unknown, but the time covered was from "the beginning (of creation) until 1657 B.C.E. Both Malachi and Nehemiah were completed about the same time - after 443 B.C.E.

  • 1 decade ago

    From about the time of the ancient scrolls. Starting around 150BC. (I know the stories are from much earlier, but the oldest texts we have that correlate are from about that time.)

    They were used for Judaism, and for some of the Christian core.

    The New Testament is exclusively "Christian", and much newer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not as old as the Vedic scriptures or even the Egyptian book of the dead.

  • jen
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Bible travels down to 130 years and Seth is born, year 235 his son Enos is born, when he dies year 1140, Noah is age 84, these two know everything there is to know, then at year 1656, Gen.7:6, the flood, Noah will die year 2006, Shem will die year 2158, Abraham had the covenant year 2083, he will die year 2183, Isaac will die year 2288, Jacob and 70 in his family of the twelve tribes of Israel are in Egypt year 2298, Jacob / Israel is age 130, 215 years after covenant, Gen.47: 9 [ Joseph dies 285 years after covenant.

    This ends the book of Genesis, year 2369, 1698 BCE ] .

    The life of Job, for book of Job was year 2293 to year 2433. Jacob in Egypt, then 215 years to Moses age 80, year 2513, at Exodus, with heirs, Exo.7:7; 12:37,40,41, 430 years after covenant, Gal.3:16-26, heirs get the law that leads to Christ Jesus. Moses dies in 40 years.

    Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy with Joshua done [ plus 301 years, Judges 10:3; 11: 26, or 341 years after Exodus, Acts 13:20,21, 450 years after Exodus to Samuel age 80 [ 410 years after Moses dies ], Saul king 14 years, David age 4, Samuel dies in 20 years, [ at 430 years after Moses died ].

    Books of Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel 25:1, done year 2983, next 2Samuel.

    Saul died in 6 years, David king 40 years, dies, 1Ki.2:10,11; 1Ki.6:1, Solomon king 4 year is 480 years after Moses dies, Solomon began temple.

    [ Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon are the BOOKS ], Solomon has 36 years, 1Ki.11:42.

    [ Isaiah, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah ]. Judah kings end at Babylon with Daniel at 391 years.

    1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, year 3460, [ 606 BCE Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.

    [ The O. T. books to be done are Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, year 3623, 443 BCE ], 39 O. T. Books. N. T. 27 Books, done year 98 CE, KJV Bible 398 years ago, now at 2009 CE ],

    Judah kings ended 2615 years ago at year 3460. There will be no king until king Jesus at his second coming.

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    2300 years after year 3460, word of truth in world.

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    2500 years, word of truth and Michael.

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    2520 years, word of truth, Michael at Rev.12:3,4,6-11,12 to enemies cast down, Rev.13:1-5-10, after Rev.11:1-3,12.

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    2544,45-51 years of WW2 not given by Daniel, Rev.13:11-18.

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    2580 years after year 3460, 2520 years Rev.12:7-12, enemies have had 60 years.

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    2615 years at 2009 CE, enemies 95 years, of 2670 years given after year 3460 is 150 years, Satan's short time.

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    Rev.9:1-5 [ 5x 30 = ] 150, pit open for Satan, Gods sealed are there.

    Rev.17:10-14 [ fulfilling, Satan down all of the 8th ]:

    Matt.24:3,4,7,14,15,21-22-24,34,36 [ God only knows day and hour ], all time given, 1Thes.5:1-9,21,22, for the living.

    Rev.20:1-6, pit still open, Satan [ 6130 years after Eden ], in the pit for the 1000 year reign to, the resurrection of the dead goes back 6000 years to Abel, Rev.20:7-10, 1000 year reign ends, no Satan or any like him remain, saints are on the breadth of the earth, join by those coming down from God out of heaven, Rev.21:1-5, all is made new, 2Pet.3:13. Isa.65:17,25; Rev.2:7; as promised, God is with his heavenly and earthly family, Rev.21:8, earth is cleansed, the kingdom of the heavens has all in the kingdom of God forever.

    Source(s): Bible.
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