What does the New Testament tell us about Priscilla and Aquila?


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Priscilla and Aquila were God’s workers in the early church. Aquila (a Latin name meaning eagle) was a Christian Jew born in Pontus and his wife Priscilla was a Roman born. The placing of Priscilla’s name first (Acts 18:18; Romans 16:3; 2 Timothy 4:19), indicates that she was a woman of culture.

Priscilla and Aquila moved to Corinth from Italy when the Roman Emperor Claudius persecuted and expelled all the Jews from his empire (1 Peter 1:1). The Christians in Rome adopted the great principles laid down by Stephen, who influenced Paul. This explains why Priscilla and Aquila readily received the apostle Paul in Corinth.

Priscilla and Aquila worked as tent makers in Corinth and there the apostle Paul joined them who himself had learned this vocation. The couple became his supporters in the ministry and joined him in preaching the truth and establishing the early church.

After one-year, Paul took Priscilla and Aquila and left to Ephesus where they established a home church (1 Corinthians 16:9). There they met a preacher by the name Apollos who knew only of the baptism of water by John but didn’t know of the baptism of the Holy spirit. They shared with him the full truth: “When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:24-26). Nothing more of their movements is known. Paul’s last mention of this godly couple is found in his last letter to Timothy: “Greet Prisca and Aquila” (2 Timothy 4:19).

The ministry of Priscilla and Aquila is a vivid example for virtue, spiritual knowledge, and hospitality. Their sacrificial spirit and service for the Lord as they opened their home for ministry and discipleship is a pattern for Christian families to follow. Thus, the words of the Scripture can apply to their service, “Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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