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November 15   - Day 319
About 52 AD, Paul's 2nd mission trip; believers organize into churches (Acts 15,16,17,18)
Scriptures: (91vs)
* Acts 15:36-41 (6vs)   16:1-40 (40vs)   17:1-34 (34vs)   18:1-11 (11vs)

* Study Indexes: Acts
* Introduction to the book of Acts
* BOOKS on Acts, Amazon.com
* BIBLE DICTIONARY - as Gospel | Messiah
* Scriptural requirements of Messiah, MessiahRevealed.org
* MAPS * OUTLINE BIBLE * TIMELINES of New Testament
* Dates of NT books, BibleStudy.org
* Biography: St Paul, wikipedia
* Map of Early church travel and events
* Map of the rise and fall of Roman Empire, 753 BC- 1453 AD
Commentary:
Show the Jews, Then the Gentiles
Acts 16:16-18:23

Local History:below * The Roman Empire and Israel [Judea]
* Timelines of events of the apostles and of the reigns of emporers of Rome

Scriptures: (91vs)
* Acts 15:36-41 (6vs)   16:1-40 (40vs)   17:1-34 (34vs)   18:1-11 (11vs)  


  About 52 AD - Paul's Second Mission Journey (Acts 15-16)

  From Antioch   15:36-41 Wanting to revisit the assemblies of believers they had established, Barnabas took John Mark to Cyprus, and Paul took Silas through Syria and Cilicia. (6vs) [2nd trip continued]


  About 52 AD - Paul's 2nd Mission trip continues, concludes (Acts 16-17-18:11)

  Acts 16:1-15
  Derbe, Lystra - Met Timothy. Kept by the Holy Spirit from staying longer in Asia, they went on to Macedonia. Met Lydia. (15vs)

  Acts 16:16-24 (9vs)
  Thyatira - The owners of a slave girl who had told fortunes until meeting Paul and Silas had them beaten and thrown into jail for costing them money.

  Acts 16:25-34 (10vs)
  Thyatira - the jail opened during an earthquake, but Paul and Silas stayed and got the jailor's attention.

  Acts 16:35-40 (6vs)
  Thyatira - when the magistrates wanted to secretly release the two, Roman citizen Paul insisted on a public release from jail.

  Acts 17:1-4 (4vs)
  Amphipolis to Apollonia to Thessalonica, where he presented his synagogue messages from Scripture about the Messiah for 3 sabbaths.

  Acts 17:5-9 (5vs)
  Thessalonica - Unpersuaded Jews claimed it unlawful to have another king but Caesar in Rome. They attacked Jason, in whose house the believers were staying.

  Acts 17:10-12 (3vs)
  Beroea - As usual, first Paul and Silas brought the synagogue message from scriptures about the Messiah.

  Acts 17:13-15 (3vs)
  Beroea - Thessalonican Jews came to agitate against Paul, so he was escorted to Athens while Silas and Timothy stayed in Beroea.

  Acts 17:16-34 (19vs)
  Athens - Paul reasoned in the synagogue on Sabbaths with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace daily with any who wanted to talk. He talked with them about their "Unknown God" and Jesus who was resurrected.

  Acts 18:1-11 (11vs)
  Corinth, 18 months - Paul met Aquila and Priscilla, Jews who Claudius of Rome had exiled. Silas and Timothy caught up with Paul there. Some Jews and many Corinthians believed Jesus as Christ. By vision, the Lord told Paul to stay and not be afraid to speak out about Him. Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy may have written the first letter to the assembly at Thessalonica while staying here. See tomorrow's reading.


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Map of 2nd Mission Trip - click to enlarge


Local HISTORY charts:
History of the Dispersed Jews from Judea area around Jerusalem:
  * Diaspora, wikipedia * Dispersed Jews of Africa and Asia et al
  * FAQ.org - "After being conquered and dispersed by the Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks, Judea again became independent under the Hasmonean Jewish Kingdom from 165 to 63 B.CE."

Roman Empire citizens begin to hear about the Messiah in Israel

TIMELINE:
Approximate dates of various events of the apostles

* NT Introduction and The Book of Acts, Baruch Smith

* ca 30 AD - Jesus was crucified in Judea just outside of Jerusalem
* ca 30 AD - Witnesses saw Jesus alive, resurrected in Judea
* ca 32 AD - Stephen preached and was stoned * ca 32-36 AD - Jesus converted Saul (aka Paul) on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-31, 22:1-22, and 26:9-24)
* ca 46 AD - Paul's 1st missionary journey (Acts 13-14)
* ca 49 or 50 AD - Jerusalem Conference (Acts 15,16)
* ca 52 AD - Paul's 2nd mission journey (Acts 15-18)
* ca 54 AD - Paul's 3rd mission journey (Acts 18-21)
* more

Roman Empire - secular dates of reign list of the Emperors of Rome

REIGNED: 81-96 AD - Caesar Domitian, emperor of the Roman Empire for ca 15 years. Ending the Flavian dynasty, he was assassinated.
REIGNED: 79-81 AD - Caesar Titus, emperor of the Roman Empire for ca 2 years, dying of a fever.
79 AD: Mt Vesuvius erupted, following a disasterous earthquake around Pompeii in 62 AD.
REIGNED: 69-79 AD - Caesar Vespasian, emperor of the Roman Empire for about 10 years. Having been a military leader, he conquered Britain in 43 AD, was at the Judea Rebellion (66-73), and was reigning when Jerusalem fell (70AD). Construction on the Colosseum (ca 71-80 AD) began during his reign.
REIGNED: 69 AD - Caesar Vitellius, emperor of the Roman Empire for 8 months.
REIGNED: 69 AD - Caesar Otho, emperor of the Roman Empire for 3 months.
REIGNED: 68-69 AD - Caesar Galba, emperor of the Roman Empire
REIGNED: 56-68 AD - Caesar Nero, emperor of the Roman Empire ruled during the great fire of Rome (64AD). The Judea Rebellion began (66 AD) during his reign. He committed suicide rather than be assasinated, aged 30.
REIGNED: 41-56 AD - Caesar Claudius, emperor of the Roman Empire conquered Britain, Judea, Phamphylia, Lycia.
Aquila and Priscilla moved to Corinth because Claudius exiled all Jews from Rome.
REIGNED: 37-41 AD - Caesar Caligula, emperor of the Roman Empire
REIGNED: 14-37 AD - Caesar Tiberius, emperor of the Roman Empire
REIGNED: 27 BC - 14 AD - Caesar Augustus, emperor of the Roman Empire, ordered a census of the entire empire ca 6-4 BC; Luke 2:1.


Rulers of Rome and Israel when Jesus was crucified


Harmony reading 4: Jesus was crucified in Judea (Nov 4)

DATE: ca 30 AD - around the age of 33, Jesus was crucified after being tried by Pontius Pilate and High Priest Annas
DATE: ca 6 AD - Annas High Priest officially from 6-15 AD, but who lived until assasinated in 66 AD
DATE: ca 14-37 AD - Tiberius Caesar, Emperor of the Roman Empire, began his reign
DATE: ca 18-36 AD - Caiaphas High Priest from 18-36 AD (John 18:13 - son-in-law of Annas)
DATE: ca 4 BC-34 AD - Philip the Tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitis, son of Herod the Great, died
DATE: ca 26-36 AD - after ruling about 10 years, Pontius Pilate was exiled to Gaul, perhaps by the cruel and insane Caligula who ruled Rome from 3741 AD
DATE: ca 37 AD - Tiberius, Emperor of the Roman Empire, died and was followed by Caligula (AD 3741) who claimed divinity
DATE: ca 39 AD - Tetrarch Herod Antipas was exiled from Galilee and Perea by his nephew Agrippa I who took over Galilee and Perea

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