SPECIAL TOPIC: AQUILLA AND PRISCA/PRISCILLA
Aquila was a Jewish tentmaker (leather or linen working couple), like Paul. All Jews, even rabbis, were taught a trade so that they would not take money for their teaching. Aquila's wife, Priscilla or Prisca, is listed first four times out of the six that they are mentioned (cf. Acts 18:2,18,26; Rom. 16:3; 1 Cor. 16:19; 2 Tim. 4:19). Many have noticed that her name was a Roman noble name (gens Prisca). Since she is mentioned first, which is highly unusual for Jewish people, many have seen in them a great love story of a wealthy Roman lady and an itinerant Jewish tentmaker!
We first meet Aquilla in Rome where, even though a believer, he attended a synagogue (i.e., a Jew from Pontus, cf. Acts 18:2). He had to relocate because Emperor Claudius expelled the Jews from Rome in a.d. 49. He and his wife, Prisca, moved to Corinth where they met Paul. Apparently Aquilla had a tent-making/repairing shop there. Paul worked with them.
After about eighteen months they moved to Ephesus where they began a church in their home. They had a positive influence on Apollos (cf. Acts 18:24-28).
After the death of Claudius (a.d. 54), they returned to Rome, where they also had a church in their home (cf. Rom 16:3-5).
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