Certainty in these dates is not to be had. The notes of time in the Acts are few and vague. It is only by connecting those events of secular history which it records, and the dates of which are otherwise 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 Galatians 1:1-2:21)--that we can thread our way through the difficulties that surround the chronology of the apostle's life. 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 A.D. 33. Hopefully, the following table will be useful to the student of Apostle Paul's history:


A.D. 28-30

Public Ministry of Jesus Christ


A.D. 33


Acts 9:1.

A.D. 35

First Visit to Jerusalem

Acts 9:26 Galatians 1:18.

A.D. 35-44

Paul in Cilicia and Syria

Acts 9:30 Galatians 1:21

A.D. 44-46

First Residence at Antioch

Acts 11:25-30.

A.D. 46

Second Visit to Jerusalem to clarify the mission to the Gentiles.

Acts 11:30 12:25 Galatians 2:1-10

A.D. 47-48

FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY: Paul and Barnabas in Cyrus and Galatia.

Acts 13:2 14:26.

A.D. 48?

Letter to the Galatians


A.D. 48-49

Second Residence at Antioch

Acts 14:28.

A.D. 49

Third Visit to Jerusalem:

Council of Jerusalem

Acts 15:2-30 Galatians 2:1-10.

A.D. 49-50

SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY: Paul and Silas travel from Antioch to Asia Minor, Macedonia, and Achaia

Acts 15:36,40 18:22, Acts 16 -17.

A.D. 50

Letters to the Thessalonians


A.D. 50-52

Paul in Corinth

Acts 18:1-18: .

A.D. 52

Fourth Visit to Jerusalem

Acts 18:21,22.

A.D. 52-55

Third Residence at Antioch, Ephesus

Acts 18:22,23. Acts 19.

A.D. 55-56

Letters to the Corinthians


A.D. 55-57

THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY: Paul travels to Macedonia, Dalmatia, and Achaia

Acts 16:23 21:15, Acts 20.

Early A.D. 57

Letters to the Romans


A.D. May 57

Fifth Visit to Jerusalem

Acts 21:1 - Acts 23:22

A.D. 57-59

Arrest and Imprisonment at Cæsarea

Acts 23:23- Acts 26:32

A.D. 59-62

Paul sent to house arrest in Rome

Acts 27:1- Acts 28:31

A.D. 60? - 62

Letters to Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon


A.D. 63 Release from Imprisonment

At Crete, Colosse, Macedonia, Corinth, Nicopolis, Dalmatia, Troas First and Second Timothy and Titus

Acts 28:30.

A.D. 65?

Martyrdom at Rome