About Prisca’s Tent

Priscilla, or Prisca, was a first century woman who is mentioned by Paul in the New Testament. She is always mentioned along side her husband, Aquila, and in 7 of the 6 biblical mentions hers is listed first. Some scholars believe this is because she was the predominate teacher in this husband and wife team. As there is no evidence to support this, I believe that she and her husband were partners in life and ministry.

Prisca and her husband were close friends of the Apostle Paul.

Acts 18:2-3: There he (Paul) met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

Paul first met Aquila and Priscilla (a demunitive of Prisca) in Corinth. They were forced to flee Rome because of rioting among the Jews there. After 18 months there they traveled with Paul to Ephesius.

Acts 18:18: Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila.

It was there that they met Apollos, a believer, who was preaching about Jesus.

Acts 18:26: He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.

Here we see that Priscilla, along with her husband, discipled Apollos and that she held a decisive role in completing his Christian formation.

When Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthians, together with his own greeting, he explicitly sent those of Aquila and Prisca.

1 Corinthians 16:19: The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.

From this verse we note that Priscila and Aquila were house church leaders, and most likely pastors of the church that met in their home.

Priscilla and Aquila, in their missionary work and as tent makers, like Paul, eventually made their way to Rome. Paul commends them for risking their lives to help him.

Romans 16:3-4: Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.

They were influencial in all the Gentile churches and in befriending and helping Paul in his work of spreading the Gospel. From the writings of Luke and Paul we learn that Priscilla, along with her husband, was a missionary, an evangelist, a teacher and a giver of hospitality. She worked in partnership with her husband and taught a man (Apollos) the good news of the Gospel.

It is the goal of this ministry to bring men and women to a Biblical understanding of New Testament Gender roles. I pray that we all can come under Prisca’s Tent and see the Good News as God intended it where there is “no male nor female, slave nor free for we are all one new man in Christ” Gal 3: 28

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One Response to “About Prisca’s Tent”

  1. Oscar Nalyanya Says:

    Great!

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