Canonical Order of NT Books

Michael Pahl writes that his study of the New Testament has ingrained subconsciously a revised canonical order.  ‘I can’t be the only one,’ he writes, ‘who sometimes looks to the beginning of the New Testament for the Gospel of Mark, or who occasionally goes to the end of Colossians to find Philemon.

Here’s Michael’s preferred order, based on ‘a mixture of historical conclusions, theological convictions, and personal idiosyncracies’:-

  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • The Acts of the Apostles
  • The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians
  • The Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians
  • The Letter of Paul to the Galatians
  • The Letter of Paul to the Romans
  • The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians
  • The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians
  • The Letter of Paul to the Philippians
  • The Letter of Paul to the Colossians
  • The Letter of Paul to Philemon
  • The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians
  • The First Letter of Paul to Timothy
  • The Letter of Paul to Titus
  • The Second Letter of Paul to Timothy
  • The Letter to the Hebrews
  • The Letter of James
  • The First Letter of Peter
  • The Second Letter of Peter
  • The Letter of Jude
  • The Gospel of John
  • The First Letter of John
  • The Second Letter of John
  • The Third Letter of John
  • The Revelation to John
  • Yep, that makes pretty good sense to me.