Chronology of Paul’s Life

Birth of Saul in Tarsus A.D. 5

Crucifixion of Christ Friday, April 3, 33

Pentecost (Acts 2) Sunday, May 24, 33

Peter’s second sermon; Peter brought before Sanhedrin (Acts 3:1-4:31) Summer 33

Peter brought before Sanhedrin (Acts 5:12-42) Late 33

Stephen martyred (Acts 6:8-7:60) April 34

Paul’s conversion (Acts 9: 1-7) Summer 34

Paul in Damascus and Arabia (Acts 9:8-25; Galatians 1:16-17) Summer 34-36

Paul in Jerusalem, first visit (Acts 9:26-29; Galatians 1:18-20) Summer 37

Paul to Tarsus and Syria-Cilicia area (Acts 9:30; Gal. 1:21) Autumn 37

Peter’s ministry to Gentiles (Acts 10:1-11:18) Spring 43

Luke’s account at this point in Acts is thematic, not chronological:
Agabus’ prediction of famine (Acts 11:27-28) Spring 43
Herod Agrippa’s persecution, James martyred, Herod dies (Acts 12:1-23) Summer 43-44
Barnabas to Antioch (Acts 11:19-24) Spring 46
Paul to Antioch (Acts 11:25-26) Summer 46
Relief visit, Paul’s second visit to Jerusalem (Acts 11:30; Gal. 2:1-10) Autumn 47

Paul and Barnabas in Antioch (Acts 12:25-13:1) Autumn 47-Spring 48

FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY (Acts 13-14) April 48-Sept 49
Departure from Antioch April 48
Cyprus April-June 48
Pamphylia July 48
Pisidian Antioch Sept 48
Iconium Oct 48-end of Feb 49
Lystra-Derbe March-June 49
Return visit to churches June-July 49
Return to Antioch of Syria Sept 49

Peter in Antioch (Galatians 2:11-16) Autumn 49

Galatians written from Antioch Spring 50

Jerusalem council, Paul’s third visit (Acts 15) Autumn 50

Paul and Barnabas in Antioch (Acts 15:30-39) Autumn 50-April 51

SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY (Acts 15:40-18:22) April 51-Sept 53
Departure from Antioch April 51
Syria and Cilicia April 51
Lystra-Derbe May 51
Iconium Late May-Middle June 51
Pisidan Antioch Middle June-First July 51
Antioch to Troas July 51
Philippi Aug-Oct 51
Thessalonica Nov 51-Jan 52
Berea Feb 52
Athens Late Feb-Middle Mar 52
Arrival at Corinth Middle Mar 52
Silas and Timothy arrive from Berea April-May 52
1 Thessalonians written Early Summer 52
2 Thessalonians written Summer 52
Departure from Corinth Late Summer 53
Ephesus Early Sept 53
Jerusalem, Paul’s fourth visit Late Sept 53
Return to Antioch First Nov 53
Paul’s stay at Antioch Winter 53-54

THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY (Acts 18:23-21:16) Spring 54-May 57
Departure from Antioch Spring 54
Visiting Galatian churches Spring-Summer 54
Arrival at Ephesus Sept 54
First Corinthians written Early Spring 56
Departure from Ephesus (riot) First of May 56
Troas May 56
Arrival in Macedonia First June 56
Second Corinthians written Sept-Oct 56
Departure from Macedonia Middle Nov 56
Arrival in Corinth Last Nov 56
Romans written Winter 56
Departure from Corinth Last Feb 57
Philippi April 6-14, 57
Troas April 19-25, 57
Troas to Assos April 25, 57
Assos to Mitylene April 26, 57
Mitylene to Chios April 27, 57
Chios to Trogyllium April 28, 57
Trogyllium to Miletus April 29, 57
Ephesians elders’ visit Paul at Miletus April 30-May 2, 57
Miletus to Patra May 2-4, 57
Patara to Tyre May 10-16, 57
Tyre to Caesarea May 17-19, 57
Stay at Caesarea May 19-25, 57
Caesarea to Jerusalem May 25-27, 57

Jerusalem, Paul’s fifth visit Pentecost, May 27, 57

Meeting with James (Acts 21:13-23) May 28, 57

Paul’s arrest and trial before Felix (Acts 21:26-24:22) May 29-June 9, 57

Paul before Felix and Drusilla (Acts 24:24-26) June 57

Caesarean detention (Acts 24:27) June 57-Aug 59

Paul’s Trial before Festus (Acts 25:7-12) July 59

Paul’s Testimony to King Agrippa (Acts 26) first Aug 59

VOYAGE TO ROME (Acts 27:1-28-29) Aug 59-Mar 60
Departure from Caesarea Middle Aug 59
Myra First Sept 59
Fair Havens Oct 5-10, 59
Shipwreck at Malta Last Oct 59
Departure from Malta Late Feb 60
Arrival in Rome First Mar 60

Paul under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:30) Mar 60-Mar 62
Ephesians written Autumn 60
Colossians and Philemon written Autumn 60
Philippians written Autumn 61

FOURTH MISSIONARY JOURNEY Early spring 62
Spain and the farthest bounds of the West Spring 62-63
Crete, Asia Minor, Nicopolis, Troas, Macedonia, Greece 64-66
First Timothy written Summer 66
Titus written Autumn 66

Paul arrested, imprisoned in Rome and first trial Late Autumn 66

Second Timothy written Late Autumn 66

Paul and Peter martyred June 29, 67

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