After his “conversion”,
on the way to Damascus, Paul traveled throughout
parts of Asia Minor (currently Turkey), Syria and
Arabia (now Jordan), all the way to Jerusalem,
before reaching Europe, Greece and ultimately Rome.
One can reasonably date his journeys back to around
the 50s A.D. or so.
From Antioch to Cyprus and to the south of Anatoly (Perge,
Antioch of Psidia, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe), Paul
and Barnabas preached with ardor in the synagogues
the Good News of the Resurrection and salvation in
Jesus, establishing some communities there. When
the Jews distanced themselves from him, Paul then
turned his preaching towards the Gentiles.
Paul’s first objective was to go with Silas to meet
the communities he created in Southern Anatoly (in
Lystra he met Timothy, who accompanied them during
their journey). They continued their travels towards
the northwest, up to the Dardanelles, to Troas, from
where they departed for Greece; Paul established the
Churches in Philippi, Thessalonica, Beroea, Athens
and Corinth. Afterwards he went back to Antioch, his
main base, passing through Ephesus and Caesarea. In
Antioch, for the very first time the believers were
This journey can be considered one of strengthening.
Paul revisited the Churches he created in Anatoly
and Greece, together with Timothy and Titus. He
sailed again to Tyre, Caesarea and Jerusalem, where
he was arrested.
The Journey in
His voyage to Rome as a prisoner was not a
missionary journey; nevertheless his activity as an
evangelizer did not cease to continue.