Summary of Dates in Salvation History

1. Immaculate Virgin Conception of the Virgin Mary: Friday morning, November 8 in 31 B.C.

2. Virgin Birth of the Virgin Mary: about midnight at the start of Tuesday, August 5 in 30 B.C.

3. The Naming Day of the Virgin Mary: the evening of Tuesday, August 19 in 30 B.C.

4. The Presentation of the Virgin Mary (St. Ann’s Purification): Thursday, October 23 in 30 B.C.

5. The Day the Virgin Mary began her Service in the Temple of Jerusalem: Wednesday, November 8 in 27 B.C.

6. The Annunciation to Zechariah about John the Baptist: on the Day of Atonement, Wednesday, Tishri 10 and September 13, 16 B.C.

7. The Conception of John the Baptist: earliest opportunity was the night of Tuesday/Wednesday, September 26/27 and Tishri 24, 16 B.C.

8. The End of the Virgin Mary’s Service in the Temple: winter of 16/15 B.C.

9. The Betrothal of Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary: late January of 15 B.C. (a 7 or 8 day betrothal/wedding ceremony and celebration, beginning on or about Tuesday, January 23)

10. Elizabeth’s Sixth Month: about AdarI 24 (Wed., February 21) to Adar II 23 (Thurs., March 22) of 15 B.C.

11. The Incarnation of Christ: about midnight at the start of Sunday, AdarI 28 and February 25 in 15 B.C.

12. The Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth: sometime before sunset on Friday, April 20 in 15 B.C.

13. The Birth of John the Baptist: most likely between Wednesday, June 27 and Saturday, July 7, of 15 B.C.

14. The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ: about midnight at the start of Sunday, November 25 (Kislev 5) in 15 B.C.

15. The Circumcision of Christ: about dawn on Sunday, December 2 in 15 B.C.

16. The Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple: on the 40th day from birth, inclusive, which was the morning of Thursday, January 3 in 14 B.C.

17. The Flight of the Holy Family to Egypt: after sunset on Saturday, February 29 in 13 B.C.

18. The Arrival of the Holy Family in Egypt: approx. Friday, March 20 in 13 B.C.

19. The Massacre of the Holy Innocents: sometime between March and June of 13 B.C., (possibly on or about March 9).

20. The Return of the Holy Family from Egypt: September in 7 B.C.

21. The Child Jesus Lost and Found in the Temple: Sunday, April 7 to Tuesday, April 9 in 3 B.C.

22. The Death of Saint Joseph: spring of A.D. 15, shortly before (or soon after) John began baptizing, and several months before Jesus began His Ministry.

23. The Beginning of the Ministry of John the Baptist: spring of A.D. 15.

24. The Baptism of Jesus: the morning of Friday, October 4 in A.D. 15.

25. The Forty Days Jesus spent in the Wilderness: Saturday, Tishri 24 and Oct. 26, to Wednesday, Kislev 5 and Dec. 4, inclusive, in A.D. 15.

26. The Wedding at Cana: Tuesday, December 31 to Friday, January 3, in A.D. 15/16.

27. The Cleansing of the Temple: Saturday, Nisan 15 and April 11, in A.D. 16.

28. John the Baptist’s Arrest: early to mid June of A.D. 16 (mid to late Sivan, in the Jewish calendar).

29. The Martyrdom of John the Baptist: approximately January 25; about the middle of Tevet, and about the end of January, in A.D. 18.

30. The Last Supper: the evening of Thursday, April 6, after sunset, in A.D. 19 (Nisan 14 had just begun, since the Jewish day begins at sunset).

31. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ: about 15:00 hours on Friday, April 7 and Nisan 14, in A.D. 19.

32. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: before sunrise on Sunday, April 9 and Nisan 16, in A.D. 19.

33. The Ascension of Jesus Christ: mid to late morning on Thursday, May 18, in A.D. 19.

34. Christian Pentecost: coincided with Jewish Pentecost (the Feast of Weeks), Sunday, May 28 and Sivan 6, in the year A.D. 19.

35. The Appointment of the First Seven Deacons: most likely in A.D. 21.

36. The Stoning of Saint Stephen: the winter of A.D. 21/22, sometime between Dec. and Feb., inclusive.

37. The Virgin Mary moves from Jerusalem to Bethany: winter of A.D. 21/22

38. Saul’s Conversion: early to mid A.D. 22, not long after the martyrdom of Saint Stephen.

39. The Writing of the Gospel of Matthew: between early A.D. 22 and early A.D. 25, during the reign of the emperor Gaius

40. The Virgin Mary moves to Ephesus: early A.D. 25

41. Saul’s First Visit to Jerusalem (visit after 3 years): early A.D. 25.

42. The Beheading of James the Greater: between the evening of Wednesday, April 9, and the evening of Wednesday, April 16 (the seven days of unleavened bread), in the year A.D. 27.

43. Saint Peter’s Flight from Jerusalem to Rome: departed Jerusalem about the time of the Passover of A.D. 27 and arrived in Rome on May 20 (or at least sometime in mid A.D. 27)

44. Saul’s Actual Second Visit to Jerusalem (Acts 11-12): mid A.D. 28 to early A.D. 29.

45. The Virgin Mary’s Visit to Jerusalem at the Time of a Church Council: early A.D. 29 (sometime after Saul’s departure).

46. The Death of the Virgin Mary: about 15:00 hours on Saturday, July 31 in A.D. 34.

47. The Resurrection and Assumption of the Virgin Mary: before sunrise on Sunday, August 15 in A.D. 34.

48. The Writing of the Gospel of Mark: in late fall and winter of A.D. 34 to 35, during the reign of the emperor Claudius.

49. Saint Mark founds the Church at Alexandria: spring of A.D. 35 (after he completed the Gospel).

50. Paul’s Third Visit to Jerusalem (visit after 14 years) and the Church Council on Mosaic Law (Acts 15): early to mid A.D. 35.

51. Paul (Saul) in Corinth: fall of A.D. 36 to spring of A.D. 38 (two winters).

52. Paul’s Three Years in Asia (Acts 20:31): early A.D. 38 to early A.D. 41.

53. Paul’s Arrest at Jerusalem: early summer of A.D. 41

54. Paul’s Two Years in Prison under Felix: early summer of A.D. 41 to about the same time in A.D. 43.

55. Paul’s Trip to Rome: left Jerusalem in fall of A.D. 43, shipwrecked on Malta winter of A.D. 43/44, arrived in Rome early in the year A.D. 44.

56. Paul’s Two Years at Rome (Acts 28:30): early A.D. 44 to early A.D. 46

57. The Writing of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles: between early A.D. 44 and early A.D. 46 (while Paul was in Rome), during the reign of the emperor Nero.

58. The Martyrdom of Saint James the Less: spring, about the time of Passover, in A.D. 49, Nero’s 10th year as emperor.

59. The First Christian Martyrs of Rome: the fall of A.D. 49, some length of time after the summer fire in Rome, during Nero’s 10th year.

60. The Martyrdom of Saint Mark the Gospel Writer: Monday, March 30 of A.D. 50, on the day after Easter, during Nero’s 11th year.

61. The Martyrdoms of Saints Peter and Paul: on June 29 of A.D. 52, during Nero’s 13th year as emperor.

62. The Writing of the Gospel of John: during the reign of Domitian, sometime between A.D. 68 and A.D. 81 (most likely sometime well before A.D. 82, when he was exiled to Patmos because of the Gospel).

63. The Writing of the Book of Revelation: while John was on the island of Patmos, from approximately A.D. 82 to A.D. 83 or 84.

64. The Death of Saint John the Gospel Writer: in the year A.D. 87, at the approximate age of 94 years.

From my book: Important Dates in the Lives of Jesus and Mary

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Biblical scholar

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