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What's the biggest time gap between two chronologically consecutive books of the Bible? Honestly I don't even know the correct chronological sequence of all the books of the Bible, but I am quite interested in when the longest period of time took between two books of the scriptures.

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Are you asking about the chronology of the writing of the books, or the chronology of the content of the books? –  Flimzy Sep 25 '11 at 11:08
Actually, having read this question of yours, I am quite confused now. Has it been like the content of a book would depict a time that was already way a past time during the time of writing? If so, then I would probably want to have a question in both dimensions, so to say. Which dimension, by the way, is it in the answer by Sven given below? Is it a dimension of time of writing or the one of the time of the content? –  brilliant Sep 25 '11 at 11:24
Of course... Most of the books of the Bible are written as history, so the chronology they portray happened well before the books were written. Genesis is the most extreme example, including a history since the beginning of the world. And some say Revelation is about the future -- if true it was written 2000+ years before the events took place. At any rate, many think Job was the first book of the Bible written, but chronologically it obviously portrays events that occurred after Genesis. –  Flimzy Sep 25 '11 at 11:28
And @Sven's answer is talking about the chronology of writing, not the chronology of events portrayed in the writing. –  Flimzy Sep 25 '11 at 12:36

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The last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, was written about 443 B.C. The first book of the New Testament, Matthew, was written about 40 A.D. leaving a 500 year gap between the Old and New Testament books.

Second would be Joshua (~1450 BC) and Judges (written by Samuel ~1100 BC)

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I think your dating of the "Gospel of Matthew" is too conservative. Given that estimates for the dates when the canonical gospel accounts were written vary significantly among scholars; and the evidence for any of the dates is scanty. So I ask: What is the source of your claim? How reliable is the source of the claim? Has the claim been verified by somebody else? Has anyone tried to disprove the claim? –  user625 Sep 26 '11 at 13:18
@monocode, you're the second who questioned the date and I'll look into it more. I didn't know, but apparently the dates range from 40-100 AD.. I think it's a bit unrelevant to that question so I think maybe this should be asked as a own question. –  Sven Sep 26 '11 at 13:26
You are, of course, ignoring Maccabees. –  TRiG May 19 '12 at 20:01

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