Question: Who were Aquila and Priscilla?

    Answer: Studying about individuals can be spiritually advantageous because of the often associated lessons. The first mention of Aquila and Priscilla was when Paul came to Corinth on his second preaching trip, there he found the couple. "And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla," we are told, "because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome" (Acts 18: 2).

    What we know about Aquila and Priscilla. We do not know for sure if Aquila and Priscilla were Christians already when Paul met them at Corinth. However, we do know that they were of the same trade (tentmakers) and Paul abode with them (Acts 18: 3). In all other references to the couple, Priscilla precedes Aquila, some believe this indicates that Priscilla was the more spiritually prominent of the two. When Paul left Corinth, Priscilla and Aquila accompanied him and remained in Ephesus (Acts 18: 18, 19). This even took place in about 53 A. D. The couple is next mentioned in connection with Apollos (Acts 18: 26). It appears the couple came back to Rome in about 56 A. D. (Rom. 16: 3). Paul referred to them as "his helpers," who were willing to give their lives for the cause of Christ (Rom. 16: 3, 4, cp. 1 Cor. 16: 19, 2 Tim. 4: 19).

    Priscilla and Aquila, teachers of the gospel. The couple heard Apollos who "knew only the baptism of John" preach in the synagogue in Ephesus (Acts 18: 24-28). Their heart went out to this sincere, but lacking in knowledge man. We read: "But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more accurately" (vs. 26).

    Priscilla and Aquila provide us with insight into those who were simply Christians. Many were taught the gospel in the First Century by such Christians as Priscilla and Aquila (cp. Acts 8: 4).

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