The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 46
Paul, Barnabas and John Mark, in the fall of 46 A.D., complete the apostle's first missionary journey. During their travels they preach on the island of Cyprus and then in the Asia Minor cities of Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe. Paul and Barnabas then subsequently preach in Syrian Antioch for almost the next three years.
In late autumn of 49 A.D. a heated discussion between Paul and Barnabas regarding John Mark, who abandoned the pair during their first journey, separates the two men. Paul will end up taking Silas on his second missionary tour while Barnabas has John Mark accompany him to revisit Cyprus (Acts 15:36 - 40).
Appearances of the number forty-six
No books in the King James translation have exactly 46 chapters. That said, the books of Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel (these last three are considered the Major Prophets) have more than this number.
Chapters in the KJV Scriptures that have exactly 46 verses include Genesis 27, Exodus 29, Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 1, 1Kings 2 and 18, Jeremiah 50, as well as Matthew 21, 22 and 25.
The book of Titus, one of the last manuscripts written by the Apostle Paul, is the sixth shortest in the KJV Bible in terms of the number of words. It has only three chapters, forty-six verses and 921 words. It is also the only book that has exactly forty-six verses.
Paul turned 46 years old in 48 A.D. while he was living in Syrian Antioch. He and Barnabas, after his first missionary journey ended in the fall of 46 A.D., spent almost three years in the city helping the fledling Antioch church to grow.
Paul's writings and number 46
The book of 1Corinthians, written by the Apostle Paul in 56 A.D., is the 46th book found in most modern translations.
The forty-sixth book of the originally inspired arrangement of forty-nine Biblical books, organized by the Apostle John, is 2Timothy. Written by Paul in 67 A.D. while a prisoner in Rome awaiting his martyrdom, it is the last book penned by the apostle.
Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 46
The number 46 has a relationship with one of the Kingdom of Judah's best rulers. Joash became the youngest monarch to rule Judah or Israel when he was crowned, at the age of seven, in 835 B.C. (2Kings 11). He assumed the throne to replace the evil Queen Athaliah (daughter of King Ahab and Jezebel) who had seized power over Judah. Joash ruled until 796 when he died at the young age of 46.