Early Church Timeline Project

Jesus Events

Resurrection of Jesus

33 AD

This is the date of when Jesus saved us from our sins. We now live today the way we do because Jesus died and rose on the third day.

The Ascension

33 AD

This is the event is the time when Jesus rose into Heaven to open the gates for us. Jesus did this after he Resurrected and appeared to the disciples

Apostles and Saints

Paul's Conversion

Approx. 35 AD

Paul was walking on the road on the way to Damascus when he saw a bright light. Paul was then blind. Ananius cured Paul of his blindness later on.

Paul Martyred in Rome

Approx. 65 AD

Paul was killed in Rome for his faith. It is not known how he dies but it was said to have happened after the great fire

Peter Martyred in Rome

Approx. 67 AD

Peter was crucified. Just like Jesus. He was killed under the reign of Emperor Nero Augustus

St. Thomas Aquinas

1225 - 1274

This was born in 1274 and lived for 49 years later and died in 1274. Thomas was canonized in 1323 and his beatification date is unknown because Thomas is a pre-congregational Saint. Thomas is the patron Saint of Students, Schools, and Writers. Thomas wrote many books so he is often seen holding a book or other writing utensils. One of Thomas' most famous miracles came after his death. The news of Thomas' death reached his old master in Italy. The master's companions saw the master dissolve into tears.

The Gospels

The Gospel of Mark

Approx. 65 AD - Approx. 70 AD

Marks Gospel connected with the suffering. He showed Jesus' more emotional side in this Gospel.

The Gospel of Luke

Approx. 80 AD - Approx. 85 AD

Luke wrote two books of the bible, the third gospel, an account of the life and teachings of Jesus, and the Book of Acts, which is an account of the growth of Christianity after the death of Jesus.

The Gospel of Matthew

Approx. 80 AD

The Gospel of Matthew tells about the early churches in Israel. This is written after the fall of Jerusalem. Wrote mostly to the people in Antioch, Syria, Matthew empasizes the good news of Christ

The Gospel of John

Approx. 90 AD

It tells the story of Jesus in symbolic ways that are different at times from the other three. For example, Jesus dies on a different day in John's gospel than in Matthew, Mark, and Luke


Council of Jerusalem

Approx. 50 AD

This was the council deciding if the Gentiles had to be Jewish before they could become Christian. The decision was that you didn't need to be Jewish before they could be Christian

Council of Nicaea

325 AD

This council was the first of the Ecumenical Councils. This council produced the first official doctrine of the Catholic Church, the Nicene Creed. Also, they debated the proper date to celebrate Easter. They decided that 40 days after Ash Wednesday would be the proper date. Also, the Aryans thought that Jesus was divine, but a step below God. The council then restated that Jesus is in fact on the same level as God and that Jesus and God are the same person.

Council of Constantinople

381 AD

This was the second Ecumenical council. This was one of four councils in Constantinople. This council again addressed heritcs and emphasized the importance of the creeds. It also adressed the nature of the Holy Spirit. People thought that the Holy Spirit was important, but again that It was not God. The council decided that the Holy Spirit was also God, and the same person as God and Jesus. This is called the Trinity.

Council of Ephesus

431 AD

This was the third Ecumenical council. It was comprised of Christian Bishops in Ephesus. It mostly addressed the doctrine of Nestorianism. This doctrine said that Jesus Christ is two persons, man and God. This council also adressed the problem about Mary. Some people thought that Mary was not the Mother of God while others thought that she was. The decision was reached that since Mary was the mother of Jesus and that Jesus was God, that Mary was in fact the mother of God.

Council of Chalcedon

451 AD

This was the fourth Ecumenical council. This council addressed more hearsay with the Eutychian and the Monophysite. This council also affirmed the two natures of Jesus Christ. Disputes were put to rest as this council finally affirmed that Jesus is in fact fully God and fully man.

Catholic Events

Edict of MIlan

313 AD

It was when there was a letter signed by two Roman emperors Constantine and Licinius. It said that there would be Catholic toleration in Rome. This is important because this event marks the start of the Roman Catholic Church

Eastern and Western Schism

1054 AD

Was the event that divided Christianity into Western Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Mostly caused by Papal disputes, the Roman Pope thought that he had authority over the four eastern patriarchs but the four eastern patriarchs thought that the Roman Pope should only control the Western Christians

The Popes

Pope Peter

32 AD - 67 AD

Pope Linus

67 AD - 76 AD

Pope Cletus

76 AD - 88 AD

Pope Clement I

88 AD - 97 AD

Pope Evaristus

97 AD - 105 AD

Pope Alexander I

105 - 115

Pope Sixtus I

115 - 125

Pope Telesphorus

125 - 136

Pope Hyginus

136 - 140

Pope Pius I

140 - 155

Pope Anicetus

155 - 166

Pope Soter

166 - 175

Pope Eleutherius

175 - 189

Pope Victor I

189 - 199

Pope Zephyrinus

199 - 217