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Aquila and Priscilla

Aquila was a Jew, a native of the Asiatic province of Pontus (Acts 18:2). His name, common among slaves and freedmen, is Lat.; he doubtless had a Heb. name. Under what circumstances he came to Rome is not known. He may have been a slave in a Rom. household and later gained his freedom. Since the race of Priscilla is not mentioned, she prob. was non-Jewish, but may have become a proselyte before marrying Aquila. Four out of six times her name stands before that of Aquila (Acts 18:18, 26 [not in KJV]; Rom 16:3; 2 Tim 4:19). This prominence has been explained as due to her superior ability and zeal, or that she had a higher social standing than Aquila as a member of an old Rom. family. Their trade as “tentmakers” (Acts 18:3) may mean that they wove the tent cloth, or cut and sewed the tents. That it means “leather workers” is questionable; Paul’s Pharisee father would scarcely teach his son such a trade. Paul’s working partnership with [[Aquila and Priscilla]] (Acts 18:3) resulted in a