Paul's Second Missionary Journey

Map of Apostle Paul's Second Missionary Journey
Map Courtesy of Goodnews Christian Ministry

Scriptures: See Acts 15-18:22

Dates Events *
A.D. 50
  • Paul and Barnabas attend the "Council of Jerusalem" (see Acts 15).
  • Caraetaeus captured by the Romans in Britain.
  • Cogidunus (Father of Claudia?, See 2 Tim. 4:21) assists the Romans in Britain.
A.D. 51
  • Second missionary journey begins. Paul and Barnabas travel to Antioch.
  • At Antioch John Mark (who left them at Perga on their first missionary journey) wishes to rejoin Paul/Barnabas. A disagreement ensues between Paul and Barnabas about whether to allow Mark to come with them. The argument is so heated that Paul finally decides to take Silas with him to Tarsus, Derbe, Lystra, Iconium and Antioch in Pisidia. Barnabas takes John Mark and travels to the island of Cypress (Cyprus).
  • At Lystra Paul meets Timothy, who accompanies him on the rest of his journey.
A.D. 52
  • Paul/Silas/Timothy travel to Troas, Philippi, Thessalonica and Beroea (Berea).
  • Jews from Thessalonica come to Beroea and stir up the people against Paul. He is sent by sea to Athens. Silas and Timothy stay in Beroea for a time. It is possible Timothy later travels to Athens, meets Paul, and is sent to revisit Thessalonica.
  • Paul travels to Corinth and writes 1 Thessalonians. Timothy and Silas are with him. Paul meets Aquila and Priscilla.
  • Claudius expels the Jews from Rome (see Acts 18:2)
A.D. 53
  • Paul stays in Corinth and writes 2 Thessalonians.
  • The tetrarchy of Trachonitis given to Agrippa II.
  • Felix made procurator of Judaea
A.D. 54
  • Paul, Aquila and Priscilla leave Corinth in the Spring and arrive at Ephesus. Aquila and Priscilla stay in Ephesus as Paul travels on to Jerusalem. Paul arrives in the city in the Summer (Pentecost). He then goes to Antioch.
  • Death of Claudius and accession of Nero.
* Chronology/Events taken from The Life & Epistles of St. Paul by Conybeare and Howson