King James Bible

Who were the authors of the Bible and when did they write? The identity of a book’s author can sometimes give great insight into its meaning and intent. Some of the books of the Bible have easily identifiable authors while others remain a mystery to this very day. The list below provides a key to probable Biblical authorship.

New Testament Authors

  • Narratives:
    • The gospel according to Matthew was written by Matthew the tax collector.
    • The gospel according to Mark was written by John-Mark.
    • The gospel according to Luke was written by Luke the Physician.
    • The gospel according to John was written by John the disciple that Jesus loved.
    • The Acts of the Apostles was written by Luke the Physician.
  • Epistles (or letters):
    • The Pauline Epistles are those written by Paul (Saul) of Tarsus:
      Romans
      1 Corinthians
      2 Corinthians
      Galatians
      Ephesians
      Philippians
      Colossians
      1 Thessalonians
      2 Thessalonians
      1 Timothy
      2 Timothy
      Titus
      Philemon
    • The Peterine Epistles are those written by Peter of the Twelve:
      1 Peter
      2 Peter
    • The Johanine Epistles are those written by John, the disciple that Jesus loved:
      1 John
      2 John
      3 John
    • And though sharing in three literary traditions — apocalyptic, prophetic, and epistolary — listing John’s Apocalypse (also called Revelation) as an epistle will suit our purposes here. This was written by the same John as above.
    • The book of James was written most likely by James the brother of Jesus.
    • The book of Jude was written by Jude the brother of James.
    • The epistle of Hebrews is written anonymously. Some people ascribe it to the Apostle Paul while others prefer Apollos. Most scholars lean toward someone other than Paul (simply because the grammar and use of certain key Pauline terms is markedly different from the whole body of his identified epistolary work). In the end, God didn’t see the book’s authorship as important to us (if He had, He would have identified the man He used in writing Hebrews), so any guess as to the identity of the author is mere speculation and should have no bearing upon our interpretation of the passages found within.

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