According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Paul’s Missionary Journeys, Maps, and Charts


St. Paul Preaching in Athens - Raffaello Raphael Sanzio



Paul’s Missionary Tube Map




Paul's Missionary Journeys
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http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/References/NT/Acts/Acts_Map_1-2_Journey.html


http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/References/NT/Acts/Acts_Map_3-Rome_Journeys.html











Paul’s First Missionary Journey through Perga and Pisidian Antioch

After sailing from Cyprus to the Turkish coast, Paul and Barnabas visit the city of Perga before traveling to Pisidian Antioch and other cities on the Anatolian interior. When they head back to the coast, the travelers followed the same route. Why did they choose such a treacherous route for Paul’s first missionary journey? Mark R. Fairchild explores unexcavated sites along the Kestros River Valley, exposing evidence of Jewish populations en route. Acts indicates that Paul deliberately traveled to cities with Jewish populations. Perga was a major city, and the presence of a Jewish community there made it an ideal base for Paul’s first missionary journey through Anatolia. Fairchild argues that Paul and Barnabas could have taken an easy, but roundabout, path along established Roman roads, but opted to travel along the rugged Kestros Valley because of the hospitality of local Jewish communities (see Perga Maps 1 and 2 below):


Paul and Barnabas would have sailed from Cyprus to one of
these ports on the Turkish coast before traveling to Perga. BAS

Mark R. Fairchild suggests that Paul traveled from Perga up the Kestros
River Valley to Pisidian Antioch, the route indicated in green.
BAS



SAMPLE CHRONOLOGIES AND CHARTS
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4 comments:

  1. Absolutely terrific information! I was wanting to figure out the routes Paul traveled and your diagrams have really helped me! Thanks!

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  2. on the 6th chart i notice under pt 1 that is says no record of virgin birth, no empty tomb and "all derive from Paul". Is isthatto mean we hav no records of empty tomb prior to the gospels? That the first 40 years are connected to Paul? Where do we find the modern names of the places Paul visited? Thanks for all yo have done here, it is very helpful

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  3. @ Dale: "No Virgin Birth, No empty tomb" in Paul does not deny either but seems not to be the early church's focus until later as further proofs of Jesus' divinity were required in presenting the gospel message to pagan/superstitious/mythic thinking cultures than extant. However Paul does mention the resurrection of Christ quite a bit in his writings and also describes Jesus' holiness/substance/majesty as Divine and separate from humanity in one sense, but in another sense uniquely identified with humanity. As the early church matured the "Creeds of Chalcedone" dealing with the "two natures in one" of Christ ("Hupostasis") would later develope several hundred years afterwards. Regards the modernized names of Paul's journeys many have been Anglicized over the years and retained but in the native tongues of each area carry non-English forms for the churches in place in those regions. I could not find a contemporary map of these native forms but if you locate one or two please share the links with us. Thanks.

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