First Century

People & Events

30 or 33 Death and resurrection of Christ

32 or 34 Stephen becomes the first Christian martyr

40-45 Simon Magus, sorcerer (Acts 8:9-24) and, according to tradition, founder of Gnosticism, is active in Samaria

44 James the son of Zebedee is executed by Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12:1-2)

47-64 Paul of Tarsus undertakes his missionary travels

60-100 Menander, a Gnostic teacher and disciple of Simon Magus, is active

62 James, the brother of Jesus, is stoned

64 The Great Fire destroys much of Rome; Nero blames the Christians; Peter and Paul possibly executed

95 [?] Christians may have been persecuted under Emperor Domitian

90-100 John, the last of the apostles, dies

Scriptures & Writings

43-62 James

48 or 54-57 Galatians

50-51 I, II Thessalonians

50-70 Jude

55-63 I Timothy

55-56 I Corinthians

55-70 Gospel of Mark

56-57 II Corinthians

57-58 Romans

57-63 Titus

58-62 Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon

60-63 I Peter

60-69 Hebrews

60-80 Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Luke

62-80 Acts

63-65 II Timothy

64-65 II Peter

64-70 or 90-96 Revelation

80-95 Gospel of John, I, II, III John

95-97 I Clement

Second Century

People & Events

100-120 Saturninus, a Gnostic teacher and disciple of Menander, is active

108-117 Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, writers seven letters to churches on his way to Rome, where he is martyred

125 Quadratus (earliest Christian apologist) is active

130-150 Gnostic teacher Basilides is active in Alexandria

135 Christian apologist Justin Martyr debates Trypho (a Jewish teacher); refers to the "memoirs" of the apostles (Gospels)

140-165 Gnostic teacher Valentinus is active in Rome

143 Marcion of Sinope creates his own "canon" of Scripture

144 Marcion is expelled from the church in Rome, begins missionary activity in Asia Minor and ...

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