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30 - 44


 6 - 14(15)

44 - 46



(after 44) 







I. Crucifixion of Jesus to the Death of Herod Agrippa I  
       (Acts 1:1–12:24)

Establishment and growth of the Jerusalem Church
Intermittent persecution
Annas the high priest

Reference to the Theudas insurrection (5:36) while Fadus was procurator

Martyrdom of Stephen .. Persecution in Jerusalem
The church expands to Damascus
Conversion of Paul .. Preaching in Damascus
  Paul’s First Visit to Jerusalem .. Visits Tarsus
The church expands: to Judea, Samaria, Caesarea,* coastal towns; to Phoenicia, Cyprus, Antioch
*Anachronism, if Cohors II.Italica was not in Caesarea before A.D. 44. The Speira Italike was probably not sent East until later than 44.

Barnabas comes to Antioch .. he is joined by Paul 
.. they work together there for one year
Judean famine
Paul’s Second Visit to Jerusalem, with Barnabas, for famine relief
James killed
Death of Herod Agrippa I








Acts 10:1 – 11:43





44 - 52





or 49)

II. Death of Herod Agrippa I to Gallio Hearing  
         (Acts 12:25–18:17)

Paul, Barnabas and Mark go to Antioch
.. to Cyprus .. to south central Asia Minor .. back to Antioch
  Paul’s Third Visit to Jerusalem .. Jerusalem conference 
.. Return to Antioch
SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY .. to south central Asia Minor .. through Phrygia and Galatia .. to Troas .. to Macedonia: Philippi, Berea, Thessalonica .. to Achaia: Athens,
Expulsion of Jews from Rome, a possible anachronism
 .. if
Orosius was right, no anachronism
Hearing before Gallio
















III. Gallio hearing to Festus succession (Acts 18:18–24:27)

“Many days longer” in Corinth
Travel to Antioch: via Ephesus, Caesarea, and possibly Jerusalem
  [Acts 18:22] 

  Paul’s Fourth Visit to Jerusalem
THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY .. Antioch, through Galatian region and Phrygia, in Asia Minor, and then to .. 
Ephesus, for three years
To Macedonia .. To Achaia, for three months
Travel, via Macedonia, Troas, Miletus, etc., and finally . . .
  Paul’s Fifth [or Fourth] Visit to Jerusalem
.. Arrested .. Transferred to Caesarea .. imprisoned 2 years
Festus succeeds Felix .. [If we use 55 for the date of succession, we probably have a case of time compression.]


  58 - 61

  59 - 61

IV. Festus Succession to End of Acts (Acts 25:1–28:31)

Paul’s appeal to Caesar .. Paul, dispatched to Rome
Paul arrives in Rome .. 2 year imprisonment 


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