When I was planning my reading list for the summer I decided that I wanted to focus my Bible-reading-energy on the epistles of Paul for a couple months. I had the thought that it would be fun to read through his epistles chronologically to see how his thoughts and themes and concerns develop over time in different contexts.

So I did a little work to compile a timeline of the apostle Paul’s writings (see below). Since I had done the work anyway, I thought it might be worthwhile to share it here.

Book Date Authored
1 Thessalonians 50-51
2 Thessalonians 50-51
Galatians 55
1 Corinthians 55
2 Corinthians 56
Romans 57
Philemon 61-62
Colossians 61-62
Ephesians 61-62
Philippians 62
1 Timothy 63-64
Titus 63-64
2 Timothy 65


Adapted from Robert H. Gundry, A Survey of the New Testament, 3rded. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 480-481. This chart has been modified some according to my own reading.

For a  chronological listing of all the New Testament books, check this out.