The Truth About Priscilla The Perfect Wife In The Bible

The Bible is one of those books that is full of many characters: some good, some bad, some neutral. There are so many that some are often overlooked, and one of those is a woman named Priscilla. According to Women's Day, she is a great example of what a "godly wife" is supposed to be. She was married to a man named Aquila, and the two were a serious power couple who became a part of the ministry of the Apostle Paul.

Aquila and Priscilla ended up crossing paths with Paul in a somewhat unusual way. The couple were expelled from Rome by the Emperor Claudius due to the fact that they were Jews, per Crosswalk. As a result, the two left Italy and ended up in the city of Corinth, which is where they crossed paths with Paul. From Corinth, they join Paul on his voyage to Antioch and then on to Ephesus. Once in Ephesus, Priscilla and Aquila established a church in their home, as was often a tradition among early Christians.

Two peas in a pod

Priscilla and her husband showed great kindness and compassion to both sinner and saint after opening up their home as a church, according to Bible Study Tools. An often used example of their empathy for others is when they cross paths with a man named Apollos, a Jewish preacher from Egypt. After listening to him speak, it was obvious that he was a talented orator, but did not have the full grasp of the theology. Where many would have criticized or berated him publicly, the couple took him aside afterward and explained more of the Christian faith to him in further detail.

The two did eventually return to Rome following the death of Claudius. Paul even sent letters ahead of them to the church that had been established in Rome, asking them to welcome the couple. It is in these letters that he mentions that Priscilla and Aquila had "risked their own necks for his life." While no one has been able to find out exactly what it is these two did for Paul that involved risking their own lives, the church welcomed them with open arms.

After their time in Rome, we do not know much about what happened to Aquila and Priscilla, but they left behind an interesting legacy. For example, both of their names are always mentioned together in the Bible. They were the definition of an equally yoked couple, who followed their faith devoutly. The fact that these two always appear together is also significant because Priscilla was a woman, and in the early church, women were not often acknowledged. Her name in particular being stated multiple times in scripture is a testament to the influence she held at the time.