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Timeline of Paul's ministry

Key dates in the ministry of the Apostle Paul.

With thanks to for these notes.

clock Timeline of Paul's ministry

Date Life of Paul Contemporary Events
36Paul's conversion-
37At DamascusDeath of TIBERIUS and accession of GAIUS (Caligula)
38Flight from Damascus to Jerusalem, then to Tarsus-
39 - 43Paul preaches in Syria and Cilicia, making his headquarters in Tarsus. Death of Caligula; accession of CLAUDIUS. Judea and Samaria given to Herod Agrippa I. Invasion of Britain by Aulus Plautius.
44Paul brought from Tarsus to Antioch; stays there one year before the famine.Death of Herod Agrippa I. Cuspius Fadus, procurator, succeeds to the government of Judea.
45Visits Jerusalem with Barnabas to relieve the famine.-
46At AntiochTiberius Alexander made procurator of Judea.
47At Antioch-
48First Missionary Journey - from Antioch to Cyprus, Antioch of Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, DerbeAgrippa II (Acts 25) made king of Chalcis.
49... and back through the same places to AntiochCumanus made procurator of Judea
50Paul and Barnabas attend the Council of JerusalemCaractacus captured by Romans in Britain; Cogdinus, father of Claudia (? 2 Tim. 4:21) assists the Romans in Britain.
51Second Missionary Journey - from Antioch to Cilicia, Lycaonia, Galatia-
52... Troas, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, and Corinth (writes 1 THESSALONIANS)Claudius expels the Jews from Rome (Acts 18:2).
53At Corinth; writes 2 THESSALONIANSTetrarchy of Trachonitis given to Agrippa II; Felix procurator.
  • Spring: leaves Corinth and reaches Jerusalem at Pentecost; goes to Antioch
  • Autumn: Third Missionary Journey - goes to Ephesus.
55, 56At Ephesus-
  • Spring: writes 1 CORINTHIANS
  • Summer: leaves Ephesus for Macedonia where he writes 2 CORINTHIANS in Autumn.
  • Winter: goes to Corinth, writes GALATIANS
  • Spring: writes ROMANS, leaves Corinth, going by Philippi and Miletus to ...
  • Summer: ...Jerusalem at Pentecost. He is arrested and sent to Caesarea.
59At CaesareaNero murders Agrippina
  • Autumn: Sent to Rome by Festus
  • Winter: Shipwrecked at Malta
Felix is recalled and is succeeded by Festus
61Spring: Arrives at RomeEmbassy of Jews comes from Jerusalem to petition about the wall.
62At Rome
  • Autumn: Writes PHILIPPIANS.
Burrus dies; Albinus succeeds Festus as procuratory of Judea; Nero marries Poppaea.
63Paul acquitted at Rome; goes to Macedonia and Asia MinorDaughter Claudia born to Poppaea
64Paul goes to Spain (?)Great fire at Rome; Roman Christians blamed and persecuted by Nero.
65In Spain (?)Gessius Florus made procurator of Judea; conspiracy of Piso and death of Seneca.
66Summer: from Spain (?) to AsiaJewish War begins.
  • Summer: Writes 1 TIMOTHY from Macedonia
  • Autumn: Writes TITUS from Ephesus.
  • Winter: At Nicopolis
  • Spring:In prison at Rome, writes 2 TIMOTHY
  • Summer: Paul executed at Nero's orders.
Death of Nero in middle of June.

Sources: Cornelius Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome and Agricola
Conybeare, W. J. and Howson, J. S., The Life and Epistles of St. Paul

Paul's First Missionary Journey Paul's Second Missionary Journey Paul's Third Missionary Journey Paul's Journey to Rome
From left to right: Paul's three missionary journeys and his final journey to Rome.
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