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Gal 2:1 WEB Then after a period of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me.

First question: is this the same time as recorded in the book of Acts 15:2 Or Acts 19:21?

If it is the same recorded events at Acts 15:2

Then there would be an issue From verses of Galatians 2.

7 but to the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Good News for the uncircumcised, even as Peter with the Good News for the circumcised—

8 for he who worked through Peter in the apostleship with the circumcised also worked through me with the Gentiles—

9 and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, those who were reputed to be pillars, gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision.

10 They only asked us to remember the poor—which very thing I was also zealous to do

Here Paul states that James, Peter, and John were to preach to the Circumcision, while he was given to the Gentiles.

Then he ends by saying They only asked us to remember the poor"

This would not be true in the light of The account in Acts

Acts 15:25 it seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (xref-2)

27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves will also tell you the same things by word of mouth.

28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things:

29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell.”

30 So, when they were sent off, they came to Antioch. Having gathered the multitude together, they delivered the letter. place

In Acts the things that was told the gentiles church from James and the Apostles were

  • Things sacrificed to idols
  • Blood and things strangled
  • Sexual Immorality.

If in Galatians Paul was retelling this event, then he must have left the major things told him to tell the gentile converts.

How do we reconcile this accounts

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    When I recount an incident in a narrative, I don't necessarily give all the details, but only those that are pertinent to the context of my narrative and which support the flow of my argument in the narrative.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 17 '21 at 8:43
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The key to answering this question is to reconstruct the sequence of events early in the life of Paul. See appendix below. From this we conclude that:

  1. The trip to Jerusalem and the 14 years occurred before the Jerusalem council
  2. The Jerusalem council was another trip
  3. The journey in Acts 19:2 was yet another apart from those above.

Thus, there is no conflict at all in the records we have.

APPENDIX - Chronology of the Apostle Paul

As best I can work out, based on the record we have in Acts 9-15 and Gal 1 & 2, the sequence of events following Paul's conversion goes something like this. (The record in Acts is not continuous).

  • Saul receives his conversion experience on the road to Damascus, Acts 9:1-19
  • Immediately afterward Saul preached Jesus in the synagogues, Acts 9:20-22
  • How long he remained in Damascus preaching in the synagogues in unknown but it was probably a few months(??). He then went to Arabia for an unknown time, presumably to clarify his thinking. Gal 1:17
  • Saul then returned to Damascus. Acts 1:17. It is not clear whether the events of Acts 9:23-25 (the plot to kill Saul) was before or after the trip Arabia. I am inclined to the latter because it was after "many days" (Acts 9:23). In any case, at this point, Paul has thus far confined himself to synagogues. It was at this point that he decided to leave for Jerusalem.
  • Paul goes to Jerusalem 3 years after his conversion (Gal 1:18, Acts 1:26-29) to meet Cephas/Peter and other leaders. Saul is still only dealing with Jews and not gentiles. Acts 9:29.
  • Paul then travels to Syria and Cilicia via Tarsus. Gal 1:21-24, Acts 9:30.
  • The Church enjoyed a time of peace. Acts 9:31. During this next period, Acts is silent about the activities of Saul.
  • Peter miraculously heals Aeneas and resurrects Tabitha at Lydda. Acts 9:32-43 Peter is called to Cornelius and baptises the first gentile at Caesarea. Acts 10. Peter is called to Jerusalem to explain why he had entered a gentile's house and then baptised a gentile. After explaining about the action of the Holy Spirit, the leaders had no further objection. Acts 11:1-18. There is no further record of Peter ever preaching to gentiles after this incident.
  • Attention then shifts to Antioch and the developing tension over the role, if any, gentiles should have in the Gospel message. Acts 11:19-26. It was during this time that Barnabas went to get Saul in Tarsus (v25) and brought him to Antioch. It was at this time that Saul and Barnabas began preaching to gentiles.
  • Because of a famine, Saul and Barnabas are sent with gifts to Jerusalem. Acts 11:27-30. It is probable that this was the trip to Jerusalem referred to in Gal 2:1, fourteen years after Paul's conversion. It was at this Jerusalem meeting that Paul agreed with Peter an amicable division of labour - Paul would preach to the gentiles while Peter would preach to the Jews, Gal 2:9.
  • Saul returns from Jerusalem to Antioch. Acts 12:25
  • Saul/Paul and Barnabas are sent off on their first missionary journey Acts 13:2 - 14:28, preaching to gentiles, returning to Antioch.
  • The Jerusalem council is called to debate circumcision. Acts 15.
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    I agree with you chronology but you might want to fit when Galatians was written into this chronology. Your chronology is based on the early date for Galatians, right after Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch and before the Jerusalem Council. That is why the chronology in Galatians 2 does not include the Jerusalem council. The late date for Galatians has a very different chronology. I agree with your early date for Galatians
    – Ken Banks
    Nov 29 '21 at 14:50

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