Posted By Thomas Perez. June 2, 2011 at 10:34pm. Copyright 2011.
These dates are not to be considered fact. The notes of time in the Acts being few and vague are difficult to come by. It is only by connecting those events of secular history which it records, and the dates of which are otherwise tolerably known to us–such as the famine under Claudius Cæsar (Acts 11:28), the expulsion of the Jews from Rome by the same emperor (Acts 18:2), and the entrance of Porcius Festus upon his procuratorship (Acts 24:27), with the intervals specified between some occurrences in the apostle’s life and others (such as Acts 20:31; 24:27; 28:30; and Gal 1:1-2:21) – that we can thread our way through the difficulties that surround the chronology of the apostle’s life, and approximate to certainty. Immense research has been brought to bear upon the subject, but, as might be expected, the learned are greatly divided. Every year has been fixed upon as the probable date of the apostle’s conversion from A.D. 31 [BENGEL] to A.D. 42 [EUSEBIUS]. But the weight of authority is in favor of dates ranging between 35 and 40, a difference of not more than five years; and the largest number of authorities is in favor of the year 37 or 38. Taking the former of these, to which opinion largely inclines, the following Table will be useful to the student of apostolic history:
Chart adapted from: Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown,1871). The JFB Commentary is in the public domain.
|A.D. 37||PAUL’S CONVERSION||Ac 9:1.|
|A.D. 40||First Visit to Jerusalem||Ac 9:26; Ga 1:18.|
|A.D. 42-44||First Residence at Antioch||Ac 11:25-30.|
|A.D. 44||Second Visit to Jerusalem||Ac 11:30; 12:25.|
|A.D. 45-47||FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY||Ac 13:2; 14:26.|
|A.D. 47-51||Second Residence at Antioch||Ac 14:28.|
|Third Visit to Jerusalem||Ac 15:2-30; Ga 2:1-10.
|A.D. 51,53, or 54||SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY||Ac 15:36, 40; 18:22.|
|A.D. 53 or 54||Fourth Visit to Jerusalem||Ac 18:21, 22.|
|Third Residence at Antioch||Ac 18:22, 23.|
|A.D. 54-58||THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY||Ac 18:23; 21:15.|
|A.D. 58||Fifth Visit to Jerusalem
Arrest and Imprisonment at Cæsarea
|Ac 21:15; 23:35.|
|A.D. 60 (Autumn)–
A.D. 61 (Spring)
|Voyage to and Arrival in Rome||Ac 27:1; 28:16.|
|A.D. 63||Release from Imprisonment
At Crete, Colosse, Macedonia, Corinth, Nicopolis, Dalmatia, Troas
1& 2 Tim.and Tit.
|A.D. 63-65, or 66, or possibly as late as A.D. 66-68||Martyrdom at Rome|