Chronological Order of Paul’s Epistles

Paul’s Acts epistles - Using Scriptural data, we can say the following about the Chronological Order of Paul’s Epistles.

  1. Galatians (written at the time of Acts chapters 17/18) — penned in from?
  2. 1 Thessalonians (written Acts chapter 18) — penned in Corinth
  3. 2 Thessalonians (written Acts chapter 18) — penned in Corinth
  4. 1 Corinthians (written Acts chapters 19/20) — penned in Ephesus
  5. 2 Corinthians (written Acts chapter 20) — penned in Macedonia
  6. Romans (written Acts chapter 20) — penned in Corinth

Supplemental: Paul’s Prison Epistles are all written after the Acts Period

While Paul was under house arrest in Rome during the two years following the Acts period (Acts 28:30-31), he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. (Luke also penned the Book of Acts here.)

Paul was released for some time, writing 1 Timothy and Titus during that free period.

Recaptured, Paul was imprisoned in a dungeon in Rome. There, Paul penned a 2nd and final epistle to Timothy; the Roman government put him to death shortly thereafter (2 Timothy 4:6-8).

  • Ephesians — sent by Tychicus (6:21-22) — penned in Rome
  • Philippians — sent by Epaphroditus (2:25, 28-29) — penned in Rome
  • Colossians — sent by Tychicus and Onesimus (4:7-9) — penned in Rome
  • Philemon — sent by Onesimus (verses 10-17) — penned in Rome
  • 1 Timothy — ?
  • Titus — sent by Tychicus and/or Artemas? (3:12) — penned en route to Nicopolis (3:12)
  • 2 Timothy — sent by ? — penned in Rome (1:17) — **Paul’s farewell**

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