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PAUL'S MISSION TRIPS
City Charts, Maps, Quizes, Chronological:
1st trip | Jerusalem Council | 2nd trip | 3rd trip
Also see 7 churches of Revelation map
Paul's unusual trip to Rome

First Trip Route
1st mission trip Quiz (Acts 13-15) chronological ca 44-46 AD

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CITY CHART of route of Paul and Barnabas' first trip, with attendant John Mark:
(also see 2nd trip and 3rd trip)
From Syria, Cyprus (Barnabas' homeland), to south central Turkey
left
Antioch
of Syria ->
Acts 13:2-5
to Syrian seaport
Seleucia, on
Mediterranean->
Acts 13:4
sailed to
Salamis,
Cyprus ->
Acts 13:5
by land to
Paphos,
Cyprus ->
Acts 13:6
sailed to
Perga of,
Pamphylia (Turkey)
Acts 13:13
In south-central Turkey, at Perga, their attendant John Mark left the group, and sailed to Jerusalem Acts 13:13
at
Perga of
Pamphylia
(so Turkey)
Acts 13:13
to
Antioch
of Pisidia
(Central Turkey)
(13:14-50)
to
Iconium
of Lycaonia
(Central Turkey)
13:51-14:5
to
Lystra
of Lycaonia
(Central Turkey)
14:6-19
to
Derbe
of Lycaonia
(Central Turkey)
14:20-21
Returned by retracing their route west, then south, to newly organized churches
to
Lystra
of Lycaonia
(Central Turkey)
14:21
to
Iconium
of Lycaonia
(Central Turkey)
14:21
to
Antioch
of Pisidia
(Central Turkey)
14:21
to
Perga
of Pamphylia
(Central Turkey)
14:24-25
to
Attalia
sea port
(southwest Turkey)
14:25
Sailed from the Mediterranean port of Attalia, east to Seleucia, back to Antioch of Syria 14:26-28

1st TRIP OUTLINE:
from Syria (Antioch) to the sea port (Seleucia)
by ship to Barnabas's home island Cyprus (Salamis, Paphos),
by ship to Pamphylia (Perge) [where John Mark left for Jerusalem]
to Pisidia (Antioch), Iconium, Lycaonia, Lystra [where Paul was stoned],
Derbe, and back to Lystra, Iconium, Antioch,
through Pisidia and Pamphylia (Perga),
to Attalia where they boarded a ship for Syria [but not via Cyprus],
to Antioch of Syria.


Jerusalem Council: ca 49-50 AD
(also see 1st trip, 2nd trip, and 3rd trip)
Jerusalem Council with Quiz (Acts 15) chronological ca 49-50 AD
Problems in Antioch led to the Council of Jerusalem...
left
Antioch
of Syria ->
Acts 15
through
Phoenicia
Sidon, Tyre ->
Acts 15:3
through
Samaria
of Judea ->
Acts 15:3
to
Jerusalem
of Judea ->
Acts 15:1-35


Second Trip Route
2nd mission trip Quiz (Acts 15-18) chronological ca 51-52 AD

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CITY CHART of route of Paul's second trip: (also see 1st trip and 3rd trip)
Back in Syria, Barnabas + Mark sailed to Cyprus, Barnabas' homeland
left
Antioch
of Syria ->
Acts 15:36-41
to Mediterranean
Seleucia
of Syria ->
Acts 15:36-41
to
Salamis (?)
Cyprus ->
Acts 15:36-41
Back in Syria, Paul + Silas, went overland through Turkey. They probably followed the Roman Road in Cilicia. North of Tarsus, there is also an Ancient Road.
MAIN ROAD: Tarsus and LYSTRA Pictures, reasontobelieve blog
Roads and Travel
Animated map, 2nd journey
left
Antioch
of Syria ->
Acts 15:41
to
Tarsus
of Cilicia ->
Acts 15:41
to
Derbe
of Cilicia ->
Acts 16:1
to
Lystra
of Cilicia ->
Acts 16:1 Timothy
to
Iconium
of Cilicia? ->
Acts 16:2
to
Phrygia
central Turkey ->
Acts 16:6
to
Galatia
central Turkey ->
Acts 16:6
passed by
Mysia
western Turkey ->
Acts 16:6-8
to
Troas
west Turkey ->
Acts 16:8
Sailed west to Macedonia...
to
Samothrace
->
Acts 16:11
to
Neapolis
->
Acts 16:11
to
Philippi
(fortune teller, jail) ->
Acts 16:12-40
Met Lydia in
Philippi
from Thyatira ->
Acts 16:14
Passed through
Amphipolis
and Apollonia ->
Acts 17:1
From Thessalonia and Berea, Paul fled south to Athens, Greece...
to
Thessalonia
->
Acts 17:1
to
Beroea
(aka Berea) ->
Acts 17:13
to
Athens
->
Acts 17:14-34
to
Corinth
->
Acts 18:1
Corinth, ca 52 AD,
Paul and others
wrote 2 letters to
Thessalonians
short time in
Ephesus
->
Acts 18:18-21
sailed to
Caesarea
->
Acts 18:22
"he went up"=
Jerusalem
(feast+vow) ->
Acts 18:22
back down (north) to
Antioch
->
Acts 18:22
Others traveled, organized,
and taught Christians:
Apollos, Aquilla and
Priscilla
, Barnabas

Paul's 2nd TRIP OUTLINE:
Acts 15:36-41: From Syria (Antioch) overland into Cilicia (Tarsus)
Acts 16: Lycaonia/Galatia (Derbe, Lystra [where they met Timothy], Iconium).
Through regions of Phrygia and Galatia where the Holy Spirit
didn't let them go further in Asia Minor.
To Troas [where Paul had a vision of a man inviting them to come to Macedonia (Greece)].
To Samothrace, to Neapolis, to the Roman colony of Philippi.
Acts 17: To Amphipolis, Apollonia, to Thessalonica (about 3 weeks), to Beroea, then Athens.
Acts 18:1-22: On to Corinth (18 months) where Paul
met Aquila and Priscilla during the reign of Claudius
wrote 2 letters to the Thessalonians
While in Corinth
ca 52 AD     Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians
    (1st letter of scripture written by Paul)
ca 52 AD     Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians
To Cenchrae, sailing on to Caesarea via Ephesus.
Paul went up to Judea (Jerusalem),
then back down [north] to Syria (Antioch).


Third Trip Route
3rd mission trip Quiz (Acts 18-21) chronological ca 53-57 AD

Compare with map of 7 assemblies (Rev 2)
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Northwest from Syria overland into Galatia and Phrygia regions (Turkey)
from
Antioch
Syria ->
Acts 18:23
through
Tarsus
Cilicia province ->
Paul's hometown
through
Iconium
Galatia ->
to
Ephesus
"Asia" Minor ->
Acts 19:1
Ephesus, ca 54-56 AD,
Paul wrote
1 Corinthians
(see Acts 19:1).
In Ephesus, Paul taught for 2 years at the School of Tyrannus, who is thought to refer to a teaching Greek scholar or rabbi.
Paul sailed west across the Aegean Sea to Macedonia [northern Greece] Acts 20:1 to Achea [southern Greece] Acts 20:2
To
Thessalonica
(Macedonia) ->
Acts 20:1
3 months in
Corinth
(Achea) ->
Acts 20:2
Back to
Thessalonica
(Macedonia) ->
Acts 20:3
To
Philippi
(Macedonia) ->
Acts 20:6
One night in Troas
while Paul preached
Eutychus fell asleep
and out the window
Paul walked to Assos, then sailed east across the Aegean Sea [northern Turkey coastal cities]
Troas
->
Acts 20:6
Assos
->
Acts 20:13
Mitylene
->
Acts 20:14
Chios
->
Acts 20:15
Samos
->
Acts 20:15
Trogyllium
->
Acts 20:15
Miletus
->
Acts 20:15
Cos
->
Acts 21:1
Rhodes
->
Acts 21:1
(Sailed along coast east on Mediterranean Sea [southern Turkey, west Cyrus, Judea])
Patara -> Paphos, Cyrus -> Tyre -> Ptolemois -> Caesarea -> Jerusalem


Compare the 3rd trip map with the 7 church assemblies of Asia
to whom John wrote the book of Revelation - See Revelation 1-2

The 7 churches of Revelation map

City Revelation In Asia Minor
(Turkey)
Wikipedia info
Ephesus Rev 2:1-7
west coast
Ephesus and Christianity, Wikipedia
Smyrna
Rev 2:8-11
north of Ephesus
Roman and Byzantine period, Wikipedia
Pergamum
Rev 2:12-17
northeast of Smyrna
History, Wikipedia (1st bishop Antipas martyred ca 92AD)
Thyatira
Rev 2:18-29
east of Pergamum
History, Wikipedia
Sardis
Rev 3:1-6
southeast of Thyatira
History, Wikipedia
Philadelphia
Rev 3:7-13
east of Sardis
History and Book of Revelation, Wikipedia
Laodicea
Rev 3:14-22
south of Philadelphia
In Phrygia: Christian Laodicea, Wikipedia


Paul's unusual trip to Rome
* Acts 11: at the end of his 3rd mission trip, Paul was warned about his leading to go to Jerusalem
* Acts 12: Paul's journey to Rome from Jerusalem | Acts 13: God's Missionary in Rome
(map from Middletown Bible Church)