This chart shows important political events in the Roman Empire as well as events within Christianity.
|Date*||Political Event||Christian Event||Bible Book Written|
|5 (B.C.)||Jesus born while Augustus is emperor.|
|14||Tiberius becomes emperor.|
|26||Jesus begins his public ministry.|
|30||Jesus death, resurrection and ascension.|
First preaching the gospel on Day of Pentecost results in 3000 baptized.
|31||Persecution of Stephen.|
|34||Saul (Paul) converted to Jesus.|
|37||Emperor Tiberius dies of natural causes. Caligula becomes emperor.|
|41||Emperor Caligula is murdered. Claudius becomes emperor.|
|45||Paul’s first missionary journey begins – visiting Cyprus and Galatia.|
|48||Paul’s first missionary journey ends in Antioch.|
|51||Jerusalem Council held. Paul’s second missionary journey begins – revisiting Galatian churches, then visiting Macedonia and Achaia.||Paul writes 1 Thessalonians.|
|52||Paul writes 2 Thessalonians.|
|54||Emperor Claudius dies, probably poisoned, Nero becomes emperor.||Paul’s second missionary journey ends and his third journey begins – revisiting Galatian churches, then visiting Macedonia, Achaia, Ephesus.||Paul writes 1 Corinthians.|
Paul writes Galatians.
|55||Mark writes the Gospel of Mark, date uncertain – probably before A.D. 60.|
|57||Paul writes Romans.|
Paul writes 2 Corinthians.
|58||Paul concludes third journey and is arrested in Jerusalem.|
|60||Paul voyages to Rome following appeal.||Luke writes the Gospel of Luke.|
James writes Epistle of James.
|61||Paul’s first Roman imprisonment begins.||Book of Hebrews written.|
|62||Matthew writes Gospel of Matthew.|
Paul writes Ephesians,
Colossians and Philemon
|63||Paul released from prison in Rome.||Luke writes Acts.|
|64||Rome burns.||Paul writes 1 Timothy.|
Peter writes 1 Peter.
|65||Paul writes Titus.|
|67||Paul’s second Roman imprisonment begins.||Paul writes 2 Timothy.|
Peter writes 2 Peter.
|68||Emperor Nero commits suicide, Galba becomes emperor.||Paul executed.||Jude writes book of Jude.|
|69||Emperor Galba is murdered. Otho becomes emperor, then commits suicide. Vitelius becomes emperor, but is murdered. Vespasian becomes emperor.||Peter executed.|
|70||Destruction of Jerusalem and Temple by Roman army.|
|79||Emperor Vespasian dies of natural causes. Titus becomes emperor.|
|81||Emperor Titus dies of natural causes. Domitian becomes emperor.|
|85||John writes Gospel of John.|
|90||John writes 1 John.|
|92||John writes 2 John.|
|94||John writes 3 John.|
|95||John writes Revelation.|