Saturday, September 30, 2006

Wedderburn on Pauline Chronology

Mark Goodacre has made some interesting posts on why Gal. 2.1-10 = Acts 15. See his The Jerusalem Council: Gal. 2.1-10 = Acts 15 and The Jerusalem Council: Gal. 2.1-10 = Acts 15: Response to Critics including responses from Ben Witherington and others.

I thought I would add to the mix Alexander Wedderburn's reconstruction of the chronology (not because I fully concur with it, but because I find it interesting). This occurs in his book A History of the First Christians (London: T&T Clark, 2004), 91-120.

Wedderburn's approach is as follows:

Galatians 2.1-10 = Acts 11.27-28 and Acts 15
Galatians 2.11-14 = Acts 18.22

His chronology follows this path (p. 103)

30 Crucifixion of Jesus
31-32 Conversion of Paul
33-34 First visit to Jersusalem
Paul in Syria, Cilicia
44-49 Famine in Judea
45-46 Second visit to Jerusalem
Conference/Antioch collection
46-47 First missionary journey (Acts 13-15)
48-51 Second missionary journey
49 Claudius' edict
49-50 Paul's arrival in Corinth (1 Thess written)
51-52 Quarrel in Antioch (Acts 18.22 and Galatians written soon after)
52-57 Third Missionary Journey
Gathering of the Collection
Apostolic Decree
57 Collection journey, Paul arrested
57-59 Paul's imprisonment in Caesarea
59-60 Festus arrives as procurator and sends Paul to Rome
60- Paul in Rome

The chronology I have preferred (with modification) is found as an appendix in Ben Witherington's book The New Testament Story

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