PaulPaul TarsusPaul the Apostle was born an Israelite in Tarsus in Cilicia (Acts 22:3; Phil 3:5) around the year AD 5.

He is variously referred to as the "Apostle Paul" or "Saint Paul", also as Saul of Tarsus.

He was a Roman citizen by birthright, since Cilicia was a Roman province (Acts 22:28) - a fact that afforded him a privileged legal status with respect to laws, property, and governance.

Tarsus was also the seat of a famous university, higher in reputation even than the universities of Athens and Alexandria, the only others that then existed. Here Saul was born, and here he spent his youth, doubtless enjoying the best education his native city could afford.

The Bible does not record Paul's death but it was c AD 67.



Timeline of Paul

Journeys of Paul


Timeline of the Apostle Paul (with grateful thanks to Blue Letter Bible)

Year* The Life of Paul Books Written Historical Events
AD 4                  augustus Augustus adopts Tiberius and recognizes him as the successor
c. 5 Born—an Israelite—in Tarsus of Cilicia  
(Acts 22:3; Phil 3:5)
A Roman citizen by birthright  (Acts 22:28)      
7       Judea becomes a Roman Imperial province
14       Census of Caesar and Tiberius
      tiberius Lyvia poisons Augustus; Tiberius comes into power
c.15-20 At the school of Gamaliel, Jerusalem  (Acts 22:3)      
26       Pilate begins serving as procurator of Judea
28       John the Baptist executed by Herod Antipas
30       Crucifixion of Christ
31(?) A Pharisee  (Phil 3:5)      
c. 32 Present at Stephen's stoning  (Acts 7:58; 8:1)      
c.33-34 Persecutor of the church  (Acts 8:1-3; Phil 3:6)      
34 Conversion on the Road to Damascus  (Acts 9:1-9)      
Goes to Damascus  (Acts 9:10-19)      
Travels to Arabia and remains there  (Gal 1:17)      
36     Imprisonment of Herod Agrippa
Returns to Damascus then exits the city for safety  (Gal 1:17; Acts 9:20-25; 2 Cor 11:32-33)     caligula  
Goes up to Jerusalem  (Acts 9:26-29; Gal 1:18)     Caligula becomes emperor at the death of Tiberius
Goes back to Tarsus for safety  (Acts 9:30)      
39     Herod Antipas deposed by Caligula and exiled to Gaul
41     Caligula murdered
     claudius Cladius declared emperor
42     Famine in Rome
43     Roman campaigns against Britain
44     Death of Herod Agrippa I
Barnabas travels to Tarsus in order to seek Saul  (Acts 11:25)      
47 Goes to Antioch with Barnabas teaching and many people  (Acts 11:26)      
Agabus prophesies a famine  (Acts 11:27-28)      
Aid sent to Jerusalem through Barnabas and Saul   (Acts 11:29-30)      
Barnabas and Saul return with John Mark  (Acts 12:25)      
Barnabas and Saul "separated" and sent out   (Acts 13:2-3)      
They travel from Antioch to Seleucia, the to Cyprus  (Acts 13:4)  Paul journey01    
While on Cyprus they go to Salamis and Paphos  (Acts 13:5-12)    
From Paphos they go to Perga of Pamphylia where John Mark departs for home    (Acts 13:13)    
Ministry in Antioch of Pisidia  (Acts 13:14-50)    
At Iconium  (Acts 13:51 to Acts 14:6)    
Flees to Lystra and Derbe, preaching the gospel  (Acts 14:6-7)    
In Lystra Paul and Barnabas are mistaken for gods  (Acts 14:8-18)    
Stoned at Lystra, supposed to be dead, but re-enters the city  (Acts 14:19-20)    
Departs with Barnabas to Derbe, preaching the gospel  (Acts 14:20-21)    
They return to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch to strengthen disciples and appoint elders  (Acts 14:21-24)    
From Pisidia they returned to Antioch of Syria and reported their journey to the church  (Acts 14:24-28)    
49 Goes up to the Jerusalem Council with Barnabas  (Acts 15:1-29; Galatians 2:1)     Claudius expels Jews from Rome and blames it on Chrestus (a possible reference to Christ)
Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch of Syria, teaching and preaching  
(Acts 15:30-35; Galatians 2:11-14)
Contention over John Mark; Barnabas and John Mark sail to Cyprus
(Acts 15:36-39)
Paul and Silas depart, going through Syria and Cilicia strengthening the churches (Acts 15:40-41)  Paul journey02 Galatians (?)  
50 Goes to Derbe and Lystra and picks up Timothy, strengthening the churches  (Acts 16:1-5)   The rise of the Zealots
They go to Troas and Paul sees a vision of a Macedonian man  (Acts 16:6-10)    
51 They sail from Troas to Neapolis  (Acts 16:11)    
To Philippi where Paul meets Lydia  (Acts 16:12-15)    
Paul and Silas imprisoned after casting out a demon from a slave girl
(Acts 16:16-25)
Prison doors opened miraculously and the jailer saved  (Acts 16:25-34)    
Departs from Philippi  (Acts 16:35-40)    
They passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia  (Acts 17:1)    
At Thessalonica and preached Christ, but had to flee  (Acts 17:1-10)    
At Berea where he leaves Silas and Timothy  (Acts 17:10-14)    
At Corinth and rejoined with Silas and Timothy  (Acts 18:1-17) Galatians (?)  
1 Thessalonians  
52 2 Thessalonians  
53 Paul returns to Antioch after stopping at Ephesus, Caeserea, and Jerusalem
(Acts 18:18-22)
Travels through Galatia and Phrygia strengthening the disciples (Acts 18:23)  paul journey03    
Passes through the upper regions on his way to Ephesus  (Acts 19:1)    
Ministry in Ephesus  (Acts 19)    
54   Claudius poisoned by his wife
1 Corinthians  nero Nero becomes Emperor
56 Goes to Macedonia  (Acts 20:1) 2 Corinthians  
Travels to Greece   (Acts 20:2) Romans  
Goes back to Macedonia   (Acts 20:3)    
At Troas  (Acts 20:4-12)    
Assos. Mitylene. Chios. Samos. Togyllium.  (Acts 20:13-15)    
Paul exhorts the Ephesian elders at Miletus  (Acts 20:15-38)    
Cos. Rhodes. Patara. Phoenicia.  (Acts 21:1-2)    
At Tyre  (Acts 21:3-6)    
At Ptolemais  (Acts 21:7)    
At Caesarea  (Acts 21:8-14)    
57 At Jerusalem  (Acts 21:15-25)    
Paul gets arrested in the temple and causes a mob  (Acts 21:26-36)      
Addresses the mob  (Acts 21:37 to 22:21)      
Paul's citizenship saves him from scourging  (Acts 22:22-29)      
Before the Sanhedrin  (Acts 22:30; Acts 23:1-10)      
Jesus tells Paul that he will bear witness of him in Rome  (Acts 23:11)      
The plot against Paul's life  (Acts 23:12-22)      
Sent safely to Felix the governor  (Acts 23:23-35)      
Paul before Felix  (Acts 24)      
59 Paul before Festus  (Acts 25:1-12)      
Paul's appeal honored - turning point towards Rome  (Acts 25:12)  journey04   Assassination of Agrippina, the mother of Nero
Paul before Agrippa  (Acts 25:13 to Acts 26:32)    
Paul departs for Rome and sails to Myra  (Acts 27:1-5)    
They sail to Fair Havens on Crete  (Acts 27:6-8)    
In spite of Paul's warning, they set sail again  (Acts 27:9-12)    
In the midst of a terrible storm they get shipwrecked on the island of Malta
(Acts 27:13 to Acts 28:1)
At Malta  (Acts 28:2-10)    
Sails to Syracuse  (Acts 28:11-12)    
Sails to Rhegium then Puteoli  (Acts 28:13)    
60 Arrives in Rome  (Acts 28:14-16)  prison01    
Meets with the Jews  (Acts 28:17-28)    
Preaches the gospel without hindrance for two whole years in his rented house (Acts 28:30-31). Philemon  
61 Colossians  
62 Philippians  
Released from Roman imprisonment   1 Timothy (c. 62-64)
Titus (c. 62-64)
63 Further missionary work    
64   The Great Fire in Rome; Major persecution of Christianity begins
  Josephus pleads the interests of the Jews before Rome
  2 Timothy (c. 64-66) Nero constructs the Domus Aurea
66 Second imprisonment and martyrdom under Nero  prison02 The beginning of the Jewish Revolt against Rome
67       Josephus surrenders to the Romans
68       Nero commits suicide
69        vespian Vespian prevails as the Emporer amidst civil war
70       Destruction of the temple under Titus

* Chronology and dating are still disputed among scholars.

 Paul Journeys

The 4 journeys of Paul

 1  Gaza Philip preached of Christ and baptized an Ethiopian eunuch on his way to Gaza (Acts 8:26–39).
2 Jerusalem See section on Jerusalem for events in Jerusalem.
3 Joppa Peter received a vision that God grants the gift of repentance to the Gentiles (Acts 10; 11:5–18). Peter raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36–42).
4 Samaria Philip ministered in Samaria (Acts 8:5–13), and Peter and John later taught here (Acts 8:14–25). After they conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost, Simon the sorcerer sought to buy this gift from them (Acts 8:9–24).
5 Caesarea Here, after an angel ministered to a centurion named Cornelius, Peter allowed him to be baptized (Acts 10). Here Paul made his defense before Agrippa (Acts 25–26).
6 Damascus Jesus appeared to Saul (Acts 9:1–7). After Ananias restored Saul’s sight, Saul was baptized and began his ministry (Acts 9:10–27).
7 Antioch (in Syria) Here disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). Agabus prophesied famine (Acts 11:27–28). Great dissension arose at Antioch concerning circumcision (Acts 14:26–28; 15:1–9). In Antioch Paul began his second mission with Silas, Barnabas, and Judas Barsabas (Acts 15:22, 30, 35).
8 Tarsus Paul’s hometown; Paul was sent here by the Brethren to protect his life (Acts 9:29–30).
9 Cyprus After being persecuted, some Saints fled to this island (Acts 11:19). Paul traveled through Cyprus on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:4–5), as did Barnabas and Mark later (Acts 15:39).
10 Paphos Paul cursed a sorcerer here (Acts 13:6–11).
11 Derbe Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel in this city (Acts 14:6–7, 20–21).
12 Lystra When Paul healed a cripple, he and Barnabas were hailed as gods. Paul was stoned and presumed dead but revived and continued preaching (Acts 14:6–21). Home of Timothy (Acts 16:1–3).
13 Iconium On their first mission, Paul and Barnabas preached here and were threatened with stoning (Acts 13:51–14:7).
14 Laodicea and Colosse Laodicea is one of the branches of the Church that Paul visited and received letters from (Col. 4:16). It is also one of the seven cities listed in the book of Revelation (the others are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia; see Rev. 1:11). Colosse lies 11 miles to the east of Laodicea. Paul wrote to the Saints who lived here.
15 Antioch (in Pisidia) On their first mission, Paul and Barnabas taught the Jews that Christ came of the seed of David. Paul offered the gospel to Israel, then to the Gentiles. Paul and Barnabas were persecuted and expelled (Acts 13:14–50).
16 Miletus While here on his third mission, Paul warned the elders of the Church that “grievous wolves” would enter the flock (Acts 20:29–31).
17 Patmos John was a prisoner on this island when he received the visions now contained in the book of Revelation (Rev. 1:9).
18 Ephesus Apollos preached here with power (Acts 18:24–28). Paul, on his third mission, taught in Ephesus for two years, converting many people (Acts 19:10, 18). Here he conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (Acts 19:1–7) and performed many miracles, including casting out evil spirits (Acts 19:8–21). Here worshipers of Diana raised a tumult against Paul (Acts 19:22–41). Part of the book of Revelation was addressed to the Church at Ephesus (Rev. 1:11).
19 Troas While Paul was here on his second missionary journey, he saw a vision of a man in Macedonia asking for help (Acts 16:9–12). While here on his third mission, Paul raised Eutychus from the dead (Acts 20:6–12).
20 Philippi Paul, Silas, and Timothy converted a woman named Lydia, cast out an evil spirit, and were beaten (Acts 16:11–23). They received divine help to escape prison (Acts 16:23–26).
21 Athens Paul, while on his second mission to Athens, preached at Mars’ Hill (Areopagus) about the “unknown god” (Acts 17:22–34).
22 Corinth Paul went to Corinth on his second mission, where he stayed with Aquila and Priscilla. He preached here and baptized many people (Acts 18:1–18). From Corinth, Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans.
23 Thessalonica Paul preached here during his second missionary journey. His missionary group departed for Berea after the Jews threatened their safety (Acts 17:1–10).
24 Berea Paul, Silas, and Timothy found noble souls to teach during Paul’s second missionary journey. The Jews from Thessalonica followed and persecuted them (Acts 17:10–13).
25 Macedonia Paul taught here on his second and third journeys (Acts 16:9–40; 19:21). Paul praised the generosity of the Macedonian Saints, who gave to him and to the poor Saints at Jerusalem (Rom. 15:26; 2 Cor. 8:1–5; 11:9).
26 Melita Paul was shipwrecked on this island on his way to Rome (Acts 26:32; 27:1, 41–44). He was unharmed by a snakebite and healed many who were sick on Melita (Acts 28:1–9).
27 Rome Paul preached here for two years under house arrest (Acts 28:16–31). He also wrote epistles, or letters, to the Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians and to Timothy and Philemon while imprisoned in Rome. Peter wrote his first epistle from “Babylon,” which was probably Rome, soon after Nero’s persecutions of the Christians in A.D. 64. It is generally believed that Peter and Paul were martyred here.