IN THE APOSTLE PAUL’S FOOTSTEPS

 

AS SAUL

 

On his journey to Damascus [Acts 9:1-7]

Enters Damascus [Acts 9:8]

Three days without sight [Acts 9:9]

Ananias restores Saul’s sight and he is baptized [Acts 9:10-18]

Saul is at Damascuscertain days with the disciples” [Acts 9:19]

 

{The Book of Acts says nothing as to how long a period of time this was, however the Apostle Paul writes about these things in his Epistle to the Galatians – see Galatians 1: 11-12, 15-17.}

 

Straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God [Acts 9:20-22]

 

After that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him [Acts 9:23]

 

{The Book of Acts says nothing as to how long a period of time this was, however the Apostle Paul writes about these things in his Epistle to the Galatians – see Galatians 1: 11-12, 15-17.}

 

Galatians 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

 

Some Bible commentators claim that Paul (i.e. Saul) spent three years in Arabia, but that’s not what the Scriptures say. The Bible plainly states that Saul “went into Arabia (without saying for how long a period of time) and returned again unto Damascus”. Galatians 1:16 says “immediately(Paul - i.e. Saul)conferred not with flesh and blood”, which would indicate that Paul (i.e. Saul) “went into Arabia” between Acts 9:18 and Acts 9:19 or between Acts 9:19 and Acts 9:20.

 

Saul is at the city of Damascus for at least three years [Galatians 1:17-18]

 

The disciples sneak Saul out of the city of Damascusin a basket” [Acts 9:24-25]

 

After three years” at Damascus Saul travels to Jerusalemto see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.[Acts 9:26-27; Galatians 1:18-20]

 

{This is the first time Saul visits Jerusalem since his conversion. Nothing is said concerning the period of time between when Saul left Damascus and when he traveled to Jerusalem.}

 

He spends some time at Jerusalem speaking boldly “in the name of the Lord Jesus” and disputing “against the Grecians” – who “went about to slay him” [Acts 9:28-29]

 

{Nothing is said as to how long a period of time this was. The Bible states that Paul (i.e. Saul) saw only the apostles Peter and James [Galatians 1:18-20; Acts 9:26-27]; it does not say that he didn’t see any of the other disciples or brethren [Acts 9:28-30].}

 

The brethren accompany Saul to Caesarea and send him forth to Tarsus [Acts 9:30]

 

Saul spends some time in the city of Tarsus before Barnabas seeks him out and brings him to Antioch [Acts 9:30; 11:25-26].

 

{The Book of Acts says nothing as to how long a period of time this was.}

Saul and Barnabas “assembled themselves with the church” at Antioch for “a whole year” [Acts 11:26]

 

Saul and Barnabas travel to Jerusalem with relief (from the church at Antioch) for “the brethren which dwelt in Judaea” [Acts 11:27-30].

 

{This is the second time Saul visits Jerusalem since his conversion. Nothing is said as to how long he and Barnabas stayed there.}

 

After Saul and Barnabas “fulfilled their ministry” at Jerusalem they return to Antioch with “John, whose surname was Mark” [Acts 12:25]

 

After returning to the church at Antioch the Holy Ghost separates Saul and Barnabas for “the work whereunto I have called them” [Acts 13:1-2] and the church “sent them away” [Acts 13:3].

 

{Nothing is said as to how long Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch (after returning from Jerusalem) before departing on their missionary journey.}

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL’S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY

 

Saul and Barnabas depart from Antioch on their first missionary journey [Acts 13:3-4] and they take John (Mark) along to “minister” unto them [Acts 13:5].

 

AS PAUL

 

First mention in the Bible of Saul being also called “Paul” [Acts 13:9].

 

John departs from Paul and Barnabas at Perga in Pamphylia and returns to Jerusalem [Acts 13:13].

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Acts 14:28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

{Nothing is said as to just how long Paul and Barnabas spent on Paul’s first missionary journey.}

 

Please see the Scriptural Chronology of Paul’s Journeys following this short essay.  

 

Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch [Acts 14:25-27] - “And there they abode long time with the disciples” [Acts 14:28]. {However, nothing is said as to how long a period of time this was.}

 

Certain men from Judaea (“certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed” [Acts 15:5] - i.e. Judaizers) come to Antioch claiming that the brethren at the church in Antioch must be circumcised in order to be saved: “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved[Acts 15:1].

 

In order to deal with this false teaching, the church at Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas and “certain other of them” (including Titus - Galatians 2:1-5) from the church “up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question” [Acts 15:1-5; Galatians 2:1-10].

 

{This is the third time Paul visits Jerusalem since his conversion. Galatians 1:15-24 & 2:1 indicates that Paul and Barnabas’ visit to Jerusalem occurred fourteen years after Paul’s’ first visit to Jerusalem following his conversion, and after his first missionary journey, but before he and Barnabas part company. Add three years+ for the time that Paul (i.e. Saul) spent in Damascus and we arrive at approximately seventeen plus years following Paul’s (i.e. Saul’s) conversion.}

 

After settling the question of the requirement of circumcision (and other Jewish observances) for Gentile believers with the apostles, elders, and brethren in the church at Jerusalem [Acts 15:6-30], Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch along with “chosen men” (as witnesses - Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2Corinthians 13:1) from the church at Jerusalem: “namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren” [Acts 15:22]

 

After testifying and confirming the decision of the apostles, elders, and brethren (concerning circumcision, etc.) from the church at Jerusalem Judas returns to Jerusalem but Silas decides to remain with the church at Antioch [[Acts 15:32-34].

Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also” [Acts 15:35]. {However, nothing is said as to how long a period of time this was.}

 

And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do” [Acts 15:36]

 

{The Book of Acts says nothing as to how long a period of time this was.}

 

Paul and Barnabas part company. Barnabas took John (Mark) and sailed to Cyprus (Barnabas’ home country - Acts 4:36) [Acts 15:39]; and Paul chose Silas to accompany him on his second missionary journey [Acts 15:40-41].

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL’S SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY

 

Paul and Silas travel through the Roman Provinces of Syria and Cilicia, “confirming the churches” that were already in existence in each individual city [Acts 15:40-41].

 

{In Acts 16:10 Luke (“the beloved physician” and recorder of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts) joins up with the Apostle Paul for the first time. Notice the use of the words “WE” & “US” in Acts 16:10-17. Luke stays behind in Philippi while Paul continues on to Thessalonica – Acts 16:40.}   

 

 

AT CORINTH:

 

Acts 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

 

Acts 18:18 ¶ And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

 

{Nothing is said as to how long Paul and Silas spent on Paul’s second missionary journey.}

 

Please see the Scriptural Chronology of Paul’s Journeys following this short essay.  

 

Following his second missionary journey, the Apostle Paul sails back to the port of Caesarea and then visits the church at Jerusalem before returning to Antioch [Acts 18:18-22]

 

{This is the forth time Paul visits Jerusalem since his conversion.}

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL’S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY

 

After spending “some time” in Antioch (The Book of Acts says nothing as to how long a period of time this was), Paul departs on his third missionary journey visitingall the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples[Acts 18:22-23].

 

 

Apollos appears for the first time in the Book of Acts and meets up with Aquila and Priscilla in the city of Ephesus (who instruct him in “the way of God more perfectly”) and continues his ministry for the Lord after having his doctrine straightened out by a simple Christian couple who sewed tents for a living [Acts 18:24-28]!

 

Paul spends at least “two years and three months in Ephesusdisputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God[Acts 19:8-10]

 

Paul spends three months in Greece before departing for Syria [Acts 20:2-3].

 

{Luke rejoins Paul in Philippi: See the words “US” & “WE” in Acts 20:5-6. The Book of Acts gives only a partial account of the time spent on the Apostle Paul’s third missionary journey.}

 

Please see the Scriptural Chronology of Paul’s Journeys following this short essay.  

 

Following his third missionary journey, the Apostle Paul sails back to the port of Ptolemais and spends one day with the brethren there before going on to Caesarea where he spent “many days” in “the house of Philip the evangelist” before going up to the church at Jerusalem [Acts 21:7-17]

 

{This is the fifth (and last) time Paul visits Jerusalem since his conversion.}

 

Paul spends a few days at Jerusalem and visits the Jews Temple at the request of James and the elders of the church [Acts 21:18-26], where “when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him (i.e. Paul) in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him” [Acts 21:27]. After the mob nearly kills him, Paul is rescued by the chief captain and a band of Roman soldiers [Acts 21:30-40; 22:1-29].

 

Paul is kept in a castle in Jerusalem [Acts 22:24-30; 23:1-30] until he is moved to Herod’s judgment hall in Caesarea for his safety because the Jews in Jerusalem plotted to kill him [Acts 23:31-35].

 

{Caesarea and Jerusalem are two cities in the Roman Province of Judaea.}

 

Paul spends at least two years in Caesarea as a prisoner, but has liberty and is allowed to have friends visit while Felix remained governor of the Roman Province of Judaea [Acts 24:1-27]. After two years of the Apostle Paul’s imprisonment Porcius Festus replaces Felix as governor, but “Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound” [Acts 24:27]

 

Porcius Festus, “willing to do the Jews a pleasure” tries to persuade Paul to go to Jerusalem to be tried but Paul (knowing that the Jews still wanted to kill him) appeals to Caesar [Acts 25:1-12].

 

{From the time that Festus became governor to the time that he brought Paul before the judgment seat more than thirteen days had passed - Acts 25:1, 6.}

 

King Agrippa visits governor Festus, and after many days Paul is brought before the king and Festus to state his case [Acts 25:13-27; 26:1-32].

 

{The Book of Acts says nothing as to how long a period of time this was.}

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL’S JOURNEY TO ROME

 

Paul (as a prisoner) sails from Caesarea on a ship bound for Italy [Acts 27:1-2].

 

{It is obvious that Luke (“the beloved physician” and recorder of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts) accompanied the Apostle Paul on this voyage because of the use of the word “WE” in Acts 27:1 - Acts 27:1 ¶ And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.}

 

“Many days” and “much time” [Acts 27:7-9] is spent sailing becalmed before a storm hits Paul’s ship. And “many days” pass thereafter (at least 14 to 17 days – Acts 27:19-20, 27, 33) before they become shipwrecked. Paul, his companions, the crew, the prisoners, and the other passengers spend three months on the island of Melita before catching a ship bound for Italy.

 

After a long trip and many perils at sea and a shipwreck Paul finally arrived at Puteoli, a seaport in Italy [Acts 27:1-44; 28:1-13], and from there he traveled on to Rome, where he spent at least “two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him” [Acts 28:13-31]

 

{The Book of Acts is not specific as to how long a period of time the voyage from Caesarea to Rome took; but the scriptural record [Acts 27:3, 7, 9, 19, 27, 33; 28:1-2, 11, 13-16] indicates that it took the Apostle Paul at least four months (or more) to make the trip.

 

Acts 28:31 is the last scriptural record of the travels and events in the Apostle Paul’s life.

 

PAUL’S VISITS TO JERUSALEM

 

PAUL’S FIRST VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 9:26-27; Galatians 1:18-20]

 

PAUL’S SECOND VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 11:27-30]

 

PAUL’S THIRD VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 15:1-5; Galatians 2:1-10]

 

PAUL’S FORTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 18:18-22]

 

PAUL’S FIFTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 21:15-17]

 

PAUL’S VISITS TO JERUSALEM

 

PAUL’S FIRST VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Alone - Acts 9:26-27; Galatians 1:18-20]

 

Paul (i.e. Saul) visited Jerusalem {approximately 37 A.D.} for the first time (all dates are "approximate") AFTER his conversion to confer with the Apostle Peter.

 

PAUL’S SECOND VISIT TO JERUSALEM [With Barnabas - Acts 11:27-30]

 

Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem {approximately 41 A.D.} to deliver “relief” for “the brethren which dwelt in Judea” from the brethren in Antioch.

 

PAUL’S THIRD VISIT TO JERUSALEM [With Barnabas - Acts 15:1-5; Galatians 2:1-10]

 

Paul's THIRD visit to Jerusalem {approximately 51 A.D.} occurred fourteen years after his first visit to the city [Galatians 2:1]. He and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem to settle a doctrinal “dispute” with certain Pharisees from Judea who: “taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” [Acts 15:1].

 

PAUL’S FORTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 18:18-22]

 

Paul’s FORTH visit to Jerusalem {approximately 56 A.D.} occurred at the end of his second missionary journey [Acts 18:22]. Other than stating that Paul went up and “saluted the church”, the Bible is silent about his visit. 

 

PAUL’S FIFTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM [With Luke Acts 21:15-17]

 

Paul’s FIFTH (and LAST) visit to the city Jerusalem {approximately 62 A.D.} occurred at the end of his third missionary journey [Acts 18:15-17]. It was upon this visit that Paul is imprisoned by the Roman authorities (at the behest of the Jewish chief priests & elders) and eventually sent to Rome as a prisoner. 

 

Peter "opened the door" to the Gentiles [Acts 10:1-48; 11:1-18], but it was the Apostle Paul (the Apostle to the Gentiles - Romans 11:23) who “went through the door" and actively sought to convert the Gentiles with his – i.e. “MY Gospel".

 

IN THE APOSTLE PAUL’S FOOTSTEPS – THE SCRIPTURAL RECORD

 

According to my calculations (which are estimates derived from Google Earth), from the time of his conversion on the road to Damascus up to the time of his imprisonment in Rome, the Apostle Paul travelled approximately 9,200 plus miles in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.   

 

2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

 

NOTE: All Distances given are approximate and are probably longer because of mountains, winding roads, and sailing routes. Please check some Bible Maps for further information (keeping in mind that, unlike the Holy Bible, none of the maps is infallible). Since the Bible says nothing about the Apostle Paul’s travels in Arabia [Galatians 1:17] I will begin my inquiry with Paul’s first journey to Jerusalem.

         

PAUL’S FIRST JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM [Acts 9:26-27; Galatians 1:18-20]

 

WALK: Damascus to Jerusalem = 135 Miles

 

PAUL TRAVELS FROM JERUSALEM TO TARSUS [Acts 9:30]

 

SAIL: Jerusalem to Tarsus = 350 Miles

 

PAUL TRAVELS FROM TARSUS TO Antioch in Syria [11:25-26]

 

SAIL: Tarsus to Antioch in Syria = 90 Miles

 

PAUL’S SECOND JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM [Acts 11:27-30]

 

WALK: Antioch in Syria to Jerusalem = 300 Miles

 

WALK: Jerusalem to Antioch in Syria = 300 Miles

 

PAUL’S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY (with Barnabas - Acts 13:3-4; 14:25-27)

 

SAIL: Antioch in Syria to Salamis = 140 Miles

 

WALK: Salamis to Paphos = 90 Miles

 

SAIL: Paphos to Perga = 160 Miles

 

WALK: Perga to Antioch in Pisidia = 105 Miles

 

WALK: Antioch in Pisidia to Iconium= 35 Miles

 

WALK: Iconium to Lystra = 12 Miles

 

WALK: Lystra to Derbe = 25 Miles

 

WALK: Derbe return to Antioch in Pisidia = 72 Miles

 

WALK: Antioch in Pisidia to Attalia = 110 Miles

 

SAIL: Attalia to Antioch in Syria = 320 Miles

 

TOTAL DISTANCE PAUL TRAVELED ON HIS 1ST. MISSIONARY JOURNEY = 1,000+ MILES

 

PAUL’S THIRD JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM [Acts 15:1-5; Galatians 2:1-10]

 

WALK: Antioch in Syria to Jerusalem = 300 Miles

 

WALK: Jerusalem return to Antioch in Syria = 300 Miles

 

PAUL’S SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY (with Silas)

 

NOTE: The Bible does not give any details to the first part of Paul’s journey in Syria and Cilicia [Acts 15:41]. However, since Acts 15:41 states: “And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches” before coming to Derbe, and though the Bible is silent about the route Paul took to Derbe, it is assumed that Paul traveled to Tarsus (in Cilicia) and from there he traveled to Derbe.

 

WALK: Antioch in Syria to Tarsus = 110 Miles

 

WALK: Tarsus to Derbe = 170 Miles

 

WALK: Derbe to Lystra = 25 Miles

 

WALK: Lystra to Iconium = 12 Miles

 

WALK: Iconium to Antioch in Pisidia = 35 Miles

 

WALK: Antioch in Pisidia to Troas = 330+ Miles

 

SAIL: Troas to Neapolis = 130+ Miles

 

WALK: Neapolis to Philippi = 28 Miles

 

WALK: Philippi to Thessalonica = 53 Miles

 

WALK: Thessalonica to Berea = 50 Miles

 

SAIL: Berea to Athens = 260+ Miles

 

WALK: Athens to Corinth = 41 Miles

 

SAIL: Corinth to Ephesus = 240+ Miles

 

SAIL: Ephesus to Caesarea = 700+ Miles

 

WALK: Caesarea to Jerusalem (Paul’s Fourth Visit to Jerusalem) = 30 Miles

 

WALK: Jerusalem to Antioch in Syria = 300 Miles

 

TOTAL DISTANCE PAUL TRAVELED ON HIS 2nd. MISSIONARY JOURNEY = 2,500+ MILES

 

PAUL’S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY [Acts 18:22-23; 19:1-41; 20:1-38; 21:1-17]

 

NOTE: As with Paul’s Second Missionary Journey, there are gaps in the Scripture concerning the first part of Paul’s Journey. The Bible is silent about the route Paul took from Antioch in Syria up to and throughout the Roman Provinces of Galatia and Phrygia [Acts 18:23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples”]. It is assumed that Paul may have traveled the same route that he traveled on his Second Missionary Journey - visiting the various cities where he had established churches on his two previous trips - before finally arriving at the city of Ephesus [Acts 19:1].

 

Paul visits all of the churches in Galatia and Phrygia that he established on his first and Second Missionary Journey [Acts 18:23]

 

WALK: Antioch in Syria to Tarsus = 110 Miles

 

WALK: Tarsus to Derbe = 170 Miles

 

WALK: Derbe to Lystra = 25 Miles

 

WALK: Lystra to Iconium = 12 Miles

 

WALK: Iconium to Antioch in Pisidia = 35 Miles

 

WALK: Antioch in Pisidia to Ephesus = 250 Miles

 

ESTIMATED DISTANCE = APPROXIMATELY 600+ MILES (At the very least)

Paul visits all of the churches in Macedonia and Greece that he established on his Second Missionary Journey [Acts 20:1-5]

 

SAIL: Ephesus to Neapolis = 275 Miles

 

WALK: Neapolis to Philippi = 28 Miles

 

WALK: Philippi to Thessalonica = 53 Miles

 

WALK: Thessalonica to Berea = 50 Miles

 

WALK: Berea to Corinth = 200 Miles

 

WALK: Corinth back to Berea = 200 Miles

 

WALK: Berea back to Thessalonica = 50 Miles

 

WALK: Thessalonica back to Philippi = 53 Miles

 

ESTIMATED DISTANCE = APPROXIMATELY 900+ MILES (At the very least)

 

Paul begins his voyage back to Jerusalem [Acts 20:6-38; 21:1-17]

 

SAIL: Philippi to Troas = 125 Miles

 

WALK: Troas to Assos = 25 Miles

 

SAIL: Assos to Mitylene = 50 Miles

 

SAIL: Mitylene to Trogyllium (in Samos) = 100 Miles

 

SAIL: Trogyllium (in Samos) to Miletus = 12 Miles

 

SAIL: Miletus to Patara = 175 Miles

 

SAIL: Patara to Tyre in Syria = 380 Miles

 

SAIL: Tyre to Ptolemais = 25 Miles

 

SAIL: Ptolemais to Caesarea = 25 Miles

 

Rode: Caesarea to Jerusalem (Paul’s Fifth (& Last) Visit to Jerusalem) = 30 Miles

 

ESTIMATED DISTANCE = APPROXIMATELY 940+ MILES (At the very least)

 

TOTAL DISTANCE PAUL TRAVELED ON HIS 3rd. MISSIONARY JOURNEY = 2,500+ MILES

 

PAUL’S JOURNEY TO ROME [Acts 27:1-44; 28:1-16]

 

Rode: Jerusalem to Caesarea = 30 Miles

 

SAIL: Caesarea to Sidon = 95 Miles

 

SAIL: Sidon to Myra = 425 Miles

 

SAIL: Myra to Lasea (i.e. the “fair havens”) = 400 Miles

 

SAIL: Lasea to Melita = 575 Miles

 

SAIL: Melita to Syracuse = 90 Miles

 

SAIL: Syracuse to Rhegium = 80 Miles

 

SAIL: Rhegium to Puteoli = 220 Miles

 

WALK: Puteoli to Appii forum, and The three taverns = 60 Miles

 

WALK: Appii forum, and The three taverns to Rome = 43 Miles

 

TOTAL DISTANCE PAUL TRAVELED ON HIS JOURNEY TO ROME = 2,020+ MILES

 

THE ESTIMATED AGE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

 

{FROM THE TIME OF HIS CONVERSION UP TO AND INCLUDING HIS IMPRISONMENT IN ROME}

 

Galatians 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

 

Anybody who knows me knows that I am not in the habit of speculating when it comes to Biblical issues or matters. However, I have often wondered about the dates, the distance traveled, and the Apostle Paul’s age during the time of his ministry. The following is just an estimate of Paul’s age from the time of his conversion up to and including the time of his imprisonment in Rome.

 

After a thorough search of the Scriptures, I can find only two scriptural references that lay out a clear and unambiguous time frame concerning the Apostle Paul’s ministry:

 

Galatians 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

 

Galatians 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

 

Since all of the other scriptural references to days, months, times, and years concerning Paul’s ministry can not be nailed down with certainty, I can only estimate the dates and Paul’s age. The following is not meant to be anything other than an estimate – I make no claims as to accuracy. 

 

Although Paul (i.e. Saul) was referred to as a “young man” [Acts 7:58], and although he was not from the tribe of Levi (he was from the tribe of Benjamin - Acts 13:21; Romans 11:1; Philippians 3:5), I make the assumption that he was at least thirty years of age when he started to persecute the church of God in Jerusalem based on the following verses of Scripture: Numbers 4:3, 23, 30, 35, 39, 43, 47; & 1 Chronicles 23:3; and the presumption that, generally speaking, the Jews have always venerated older men for their knowledge, discernment, understanding, and wisdom, which would require that a man would have to be at least thirty years of age before he would be taken seriously or allowed to serve God.

 

1 Chronicles 23:3 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.

 

34 A.D. (30+ years old) PAUL’S (i.e. “Saul”) ESTIMATED AGE AT HIS CONVERSION [Acts 9:1-22]

 

THREE PLUS YEARS FOLLOWING PAUL’S (i.e. Saul’s) conversion

 

37 A.D. (33+) PAUL’S FIRST VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 9:26-30; Galatians 1:17-19]

 

41 A.D. (37+) PAUL’S SECOND VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 11:27-30]

 

42 –47 A.D. (38-43+) PAUL’S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY [Acts 13:1-52; 14:1-26]

 

48 50 A.D. (44-46+) PAUL’S STAY AT ANTIOCH [Acts 14:28]

 

FOURTEEN YEARS AFTER PAUL’S (i.e. SAUL’S) FIRST VISIT TO JERUSALEM

 

51 A.D. (47+) PAUL’S THIRD VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 15:6-31; Galatians 2:1-10]

 

51-56 A.D. (47-52+) PAUL’S SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY [Acts Chapters 16, 17, & 18:22]

 

56 A.D. (52+) PAUL’S FORTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts 18:22]

 

56-62 A.D. (52-58+) PAUL’S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY [Acts Chapter 18:23 - Acts 20:1-3]

 

62 A.D. (58+) PAUL’S FIFTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM [Acts Chapter 21 through Acts 23:30]

 

62-64 A.D. (58-60+) PAUL’S TIME IN Caesarea [as a Prisoner: Acts Chapter 23:31 - Acts 26:32]

 

65-66 A.D. (61-62+) PAUL’S JOURNEY TO ROME [as a Prisoner - Acts Chapter 27:1 - Acts 28:16]

 

66-68 A.D. (62-64+) PAUL’S STAY IN ROME [as a Prisoner - Acts Chapter 28:17- 31]

 

NOTE: All dates and ages are estimates and are subject to change based on additional scriptural facts.

 

TIME PERIOD: FROM PAUL’S CONVERSION TO HIS FIRST VISIT TO JERUSALEM

 

Galatians 1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.

 

Acts 9:26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at
Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at
Jerusalem.

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S DEPARTURE FROM JERUSALEM & HIS STAY IN TARSUS

 

Acts 9:30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S DEPARTURE FROM TARSUS & HIS STAY IN ANTIOCH

 

Acts 11:25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto
Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL DEPARTS ANTIOCH FOR HIS SECOND VISIT TO JERUSALEM

 

Acts 11:27And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in
Judaea:
30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

 

PAUL’S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY (with Barnabas - Acts 13:3-4; 14:25-27)

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY

 

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. {At Iconium}

 

Acts 14:28 And there they abode long time with the disciples. {At Antioch in Syria}

 

TIME PERIOD: FROM PAUL’S FIRST VISIT TO JERUSALEM TO HIS THIRD VISIT TO THE CITY

 

Galatians 2:1Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

 

PAUL’S SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY (with Silas - Acts 15:36-41; 16:1-40; 17:1-34; 18:1-22)

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY

 

Acts 15:36And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.

 

Acts 16:11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;

12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

 

Acts 16:16 ¶ And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
{At Philippi}

 

Acts 17:1 ¶ Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

Acts 18:11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

 

{At Corinth}

 

Acts 18:18 ¶ And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

 

{At Corinth}

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S FORTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM TO HIS RETURN TO ANTIOCH

 

Acts 18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.

 

PAUL’S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY [Acts 18:22-23; 19:1-41; 20:1-38; 21:1-17]

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY

 

Acts 18:22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch.
23 And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of
Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples. {At Antioch in Syria}

 

Acts 19:8And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in
Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. {At Ephesus}

 

Acts 20:6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

 

Acts 20:14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against
Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.

 

Acts 21:1 ¶ And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:
2 And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.

3 Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.
4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to
Jerusalem.

 

Acts 21:7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.
8And the next day we that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto
Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.
9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from
Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S FIFTH VISIT TO JERUSALEM UNTIL HE DEPARTED FOR ROME

[Acts 21:17-40; 22:1-30; 23:1-35; 24:1-27; 25:1-27; 26:1-32; 27:1-2]

 

Acts 21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

 

Acts 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.
27 ¶ And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
{At Jerusalem}

 

Acts 24:1And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.

 

Acts 24:11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.

 

Acts 24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

 

Acts 24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound. {At Caesarea}

 

Acts 25:1Now when Festus was come into the province, after three days he ascended from Caesarea to Jerusalem.

 

Acts 25:6 And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto Caesarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat commanded Paul to be brought.

 

Acts 25:13And after certain days king Agrippa and Bernice came unto Caesarea to salute Festus.
14 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause unto the king, saying, There is a certain man left in bonds by Felix:

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S JOURNEY TO ROME [Acts 27:1-44; 28:1-16]

 

Acts 27:3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

 

Acts 27:7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;

Acts 27:9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

Acts 27:19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.
20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

Acts 27:27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;

Acts 27:33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.

Acts 28:1And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.

Acts 28:11And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
12 And landing at
Syracuse, we tarried there three days.

Acts 28:13 And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:
14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward
Rome.

 

TIME PERIOD: PAUL’S STAY IN ROME [Acts 28:16-31]

 

Acts 28:30 ¶ And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the
kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

The Apostle Paul began his ministry at about the same age as the Lord Jesus Christ began his. Just as Christ never married, Paul never took a wife also. Paul endured weariness, painfulness, watchings, fastings, hardship, and deprivation his entire ministry - just like Christ. All during his ministry, Paul suffered fools and dealt with false brethren and betrayal – just like Christ. Paul never was concerned with respect of persons and made himself of no reputation – just like Christ. At the end of Paul’s ministry nearly all of his companions deserted him - just like Christ. Now I’m not saying that the Apostle Paul could possibly be compared with the Lord Jesus Christ, but is it any wonder that he could say:

 

1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

 

Philippians 3:17 ¶ Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

 

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

 

The Apostle Paul is the most remarkable and exceptional Christian that ever lived (who else could say “be ye followers of me” - with a sincere and honest conscience?). During his lifetime the influence of his ministry was the most significant of all the apostles. During the time of his ministry of 30+ years he traveled close to 10,000 miles and endured hardships for the Lord Jesus Christ that would discourage the most ardent and sincere Bible believer, and make most of today’s Christians today turn tail and give up the “good fight” [1Timothy 6:12; 2Timothy 4:7].

 

2 Corinthians 11:22 ¶ Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

 

Which minister (preacher or pastor) today measures up to the examples given by Paul?  

 

2 Corinthians 6:1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL’S TESTIMONY TO THE JEWS

 

{Paul’s testimony to the Jews: during his missionary travels, in their synagogues, and elsewhere}

 

At Damascus

 

Acts 9:19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in
Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at
Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

 

At Jerusalem

 

Acts 9:26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at
Damascus in the name of Jesus.
28 And he was with them coming in and going out at
Jerusalem.
29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to
Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all
Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

 

At Antioch in Pisidia

 

Acts 13:14 ¶ But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the
land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto
Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of
Israel.
25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27 For they that dwell at
Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from
Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

42And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.
50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

 

At Iconium

 

Acts 14:1And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,
6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:
7 And there they preached the gospel.

 

At Thessalonica

 

Acts 17:1 ¶ Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.

 

At Berea

 

Acts 17:10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at
Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto
Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.

 

At Athens

 

Acts 17:16 ¶ Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
22 ¶ Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of
Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

 

At Corinth

 

Acts 18:1 ¶ After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
5 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from
Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.
6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
7 ¶ And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

12 ¶ And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat,
13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such matters.
16 And he drave them from the judgment seat.
17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things.
18 ¶ And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

 

At Ephesus (Paul’s Second Missionary Journey)

 

Acts 18:19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.
20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in
Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.

 

Apollos at Ephesus

 

Acts 18:24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when
Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:
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For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

 

At Ephesus (Paul’s Third Missionary Journey)

 

Acts 19:1 ¶ And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7 And all the men were about twelve.
8And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the
kingdom of God.
9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in
Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

 

At Jerusalem

 

Acts 21:39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

 

Acts 22:1Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)
3 ¶ I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to
Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto
Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into
Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into
Damascus.
12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
13 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
17 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance;
18 And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.
19 And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:

20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
22And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.

 

Acts 23:1 ¶ And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest?
5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
6 ¶ But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

 

At Caesarea

 

Acts 24:1And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
10 ¶ Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
18 Whereupon certain Jews from
Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
22 ¶ And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.

At Caesarea (Before Felix & his wife Drusilla)

 

Acts 24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

 

At Caesarea (Before King Agrippa, Bernice, Festus, the chief captains, etc.)

 

Acts 26:1 ¶ Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:
2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:
3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.
4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;
5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:
7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
10 Which thing I also did in
Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
12 ¶ Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,
13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
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But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
20 But shewed first unto them of
Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.
22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:
23 That Christ should suffer, and that
he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

24And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:
31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

 

At Rome

 

Acts 28:17 ¶ And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of
Israel I am bound with this chain.
21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of
Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
23And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

Acts 28:30And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31 Preaching the
kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

Romans 1:16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.