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Timeline for Paul’s Journeys
Mark R. Fairchild, PhD
***There are few time anchors to date when Paul arrived at the destinations mentioned in Acts.
***The following times are largely speculative guesses regarding the length of the apostle’s journeys and the amount of time spent in each of the locations. For the sake of the chronology, I will assume that Paul spent one month in most of the cities that he visited according to Acts. It does not appear likely that a church could be established in these places in less time. Acts mentioned longer visits at some cities, such as Corinth and Ephesus. One must bear in mind that Paul and his companions also spent time in other cities and towns not mentioned in Acts. Luke may have omitted those sites from his narrative because the visits were more brief or because the villagers were unresponsive to the Gospel. These visits may have been as short as a week or less. One must also factor in the time taken to travel the distances to each city. One might assume 15 miles per day over level ground, but perhaps half that in the mountains. Journeys on the seas by ship were faster, averaging 60 miles per day, depending upon the winds.