January 18

In the first century, Priscilla (Prisca) and her husband, Aquila, were Corinthian Jews who became Paul's disciples. Because Paul and Aquila were both tentmakers, they met when Paul arrived in Corinth from Athens. It's not clear whether they were converted to Christianity by Paul or had already given their lives to Christ. Either way, Priscilla soon became a leader of the early church in her own right. She and her husband went with Paul to Ephesus where Priscilla and Aquila met a man named Apollos, "took him aside and explained the Way of God to him more accurately" (Acts 18:26).


Paul always mentions this wife and husband team in the same breath: "Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, and who risked their necks for my life. ... Greet the church in their house" (Romans 16:3-41, 5a); "Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, greet you warmly in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 16:19). In five of the seven times they are mentioned, her name was first, leading scholars to believe she was the leader in this Christian team.


Tradition says Priscilla was martyred in 64 A.D. in Rome where the church of St. Prisca stands.


If Priscilla had taken the Spiritual Types Test, she probably would have been a Lover. Priscilla is remembered on January 18.


Icon of Priscilla.

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