Born a God-fearing Hebrew in a remote region of the Black Sea, Saint Aquila, together with his equally devout and highly intelligent wife Priscilla, settled in the ancient city of Corinth in the year 48 during the reign of Claudius, emperor of Rome. They were the first century Christian missionary married couple described in the New Testament and traditionally listed among the Seventy Disciples. They lived, worked, and travelled with the Apostle Paul, who described them as his “fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (Romans 16:3 NASB).
Aquila was a tentmaker, a trade which he shared with the great St. Paul. In fact, he met St. Paul in Corinth and this event changed the course of his life as well as that of his wife. After listening to St. Paul, Aquila and his wife converted to Christianity. As a matter of fact, St. Paul was so impressed by his new converts that he himself baptized them into the Christian faith. That St. Paul greatly loved them is evidenced by the fact that they were mentioned several times in his Epistles (Romans 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19).
St. Paul, the greatest of the apostles, carried the message of Christ to more people and more nations than any other apostle, and it was evident that throughout his magnificent crusade no one was closer to him than Aquila and his wife. The fact that this couple had such a close relationship with St. Paul is itself enough to ensure their immortality. Yet they were much more than favorites of Christ’s chief vicar. Their mutual affection stemmed from their common purpose of bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to all people, a glorious effort in which all three were to share joys and sorrows.Read More »